Religious Fundamentalism v. Women's Education in Pakistan
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From the Paper:"There are many prevalent factors in the conversation about women's rights that merit the attention of change agents. Authors Nicolas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn touch on several of these issues throughout their well-acclaimed book Half the Sky. One of these perplexing matters is the relationship between female empowerment and religion.Many scholars and women's rights advocates note that the most vital step in empowering women is to educate them. Unfortunately, as is the case for girls in many countries, countless girls living in Pakistan are unable to achieve a basic education. Often times, Pakistani leaders manipulate religion into a tool of oppression. Some religious fundamentalists cite holy texts when making the argument to marginalize women. Sharia law prohibits women from living equally alongside men in many parts of Pakistan. Ironically,women are using the same Holy Scriptures to make an argument for their education and for more rights. In light of these competing arguments, a key concern is whether Pakistani women have legitimate reason to employ Quran scripture in making a case for equality. Moreover, if Pakistani women can find good reason to make a case for equality by citing the Quran, how can these same women overcome other prevailing historical and cultural obstacles on the way to achieving equality? This is an issue worthy of concern because much is at stake. Given the strained, but highly important relationship between America and Pakistan, it should be of significant importance to any concerned American that women are being educated in Pakistan.This essay will discuss the reasons why women's education in Pakistan should be an American concern and will examine the relationship between female empowerment and religion in Pakistan. This essay will argue that women do have good reason to cite the Quran in making a case for equality and thatAmerican leaders would be far better off tying any future Pakistani aid to significant, demonstrable improvements in the lives of women in Pakistan."
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