The Place and Role of Women in Islam Essay by The Research Group

The Place and Role of Women in Islam
An examination of the role of women in Islamic society as well as reforms and history.
# 19201 | 675 words | 2 sources | 1992 | US

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"The place and role of women in Islam is a subject debated in both the Islamic world and the West, though the West has only a distorted perception of the parameters of this debate. Leila Ahmed (1992) writes of the subject as a problem with historical roots and shows how the role of women has developed through time, over the history of the rise of Islam. The position of women in the Arab world at the time of Muhammad is discussed, though Muhammad made changes in the way women were to relate to society and were to be treated by society. The autonomy and monogamy that had existed before was exchanged for male guardians and the male prerogative of polygamy thereafter, and these elements can be seen as embodying a general view of women that has been reproduced in laws and religious practices ever since. In essence, Ahmed shows that the position of women in society is closely bound with the..."

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