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19:51 Qur’an re: Women     o Equality + complementarity o Forbids female infanticide, allows women to work, earn money, own property,  right to own dowry, financial maintenance from husbands o Marriage Contract (written, negotiated, dissolved) Divorce allowed, but with restrictions Limit on polygamy (no more than 4 wives, equal treatment, very rare, seen as  desirable in certain cases – after war) o Inheritance rights, 2 female witnesses = 1 male o Veiling and seclusion applied originally to Muhammad’s wives, later extended to  all women o Status of women in Islam vs. Women’s experiences in Muslim world Varies widely, historical-cultural predominance of patriarchy, predominantly 
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Unformatted text preview: male interpreters, male leaders, and male rulers Hijab o Several different interpretations of Quran 33:59 (lower gaze, protect private parts, don’t show adornment, draw veil over bosom) • Be modest • Cover hair • Cover everything but face and hands • Cover everything but eyes o Different apparel: Hijab, bourqa, abaya, chador o All are interpretations of Quranic revelation (what is eternal, universal, unchanging vs. what was contextual response, appropriate for 7 th century audience) o Q: What factors influence the current controversy over the veil? 19:51 19:51...
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