Ben. Bhu. speach on male dominance

Ben. Bhu. speach on male dominance - Speech criticizing...

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Speech criticizing male domination of women of Islamic religion  09/04/1995 As the first woman ever elected to head an Islamic nation, I feel a special responsibility about issues  that relate to women. In addressing the new exigencies of the new century, we must translate dynamic religion into a living  reality. We must live by the true spirit of Islam, not only by its rituals. And for those of you who may be  ignorant of Islam, cast aside your preconceptions about the role of women in our religion. Contrary to what many of you may have come to believe, Islam embraces a rich variety of political,  social, and cultural traditions. The fundamental ethos of Islam is tolerance, dialogue, and democracy. Just as in Christianity and Judaism, we must always be on guard for those who will exploit and  manipulate the Holy Book for their own narrow political ends, who will distort the essence of pluralism  and tolerance for their own extremist agendas. To those who claim to speak for Islam but who would deny to women our place in society, I say: The ethos of Islam is equality, equality between the sexes. There is no religion on earth that, in its  writing and teachings, is more respectful of the role of women in society than Islam. My presence here, as the elected woman prime minister of a great Muslim country, is testament to the  commitment of Islam to the role of women in society. It is this tradition of Islam that has empowered met has strengthened me, has emboldened me.
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This note was uploaded on 09/28/2009 for the course WRT 102 taught by Professor Frost during the Spring '08 term at SUNY Stony Brook.

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