Islamic Female Oppression Term Paper by Nicky

Islamic Female Oppression
A look at the history of the oppression against women in the Muslim world and the female tradition in Islamic cultures.
# 148893 | 1,619 words | 8 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Nov 12, 2011 in Religion and Theology (Islam) , Women Studies (Women and Society)

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The paper examines women's position, role and rights in Islam and focuses on how women in Pakistan are victims of the social and economic desecration. The paper looks at the veil or 'hijab' in Islam and explores how Muslim women view their status in society and whether they believe they are oppressed. This paper also examines differing theories concerning the solutions to the oppression and why the theories might or might not work. The paper concludes that the religion of Islam is very misunderstood and pervasively skewed within its true meaning and original intent by extremists in the Islamic society.

The Role, Position and Rights of Women in Islam
Pakistan and Oppression and Abuse of Muslim Women
Historical Overview
Understanding the Hijab in Islam
The View of Women in Islam of Their Oppression
The Failing Among Theoretical Solutions
The Taliban and Oppression of Women in Islam
Summary and Conclusion

From the Paper:

"However, the population was overall diverse religiously including "Gnostics, pagans, Manichaean's, Jews" and following the second century on included Christians. (Ahmed, 1993, p. 46) Ahmed relates that women were not veiled and separated in the beginning of Islam and in fact that the prophet Mohammed's wives intermingled with others regularly and even carried water to men in the battlefield and did so with their ankles in view. The separation of the prophet's wives was initially a move on the part of the prophet to relieve his wives of the tedious duties of coping with the mass of people who paid visitation on the prophet. Furthermore, the prophet was particularly indulgent of Aisha his second and youngest of wives even to the point of playing dolls with her. Moreover, veiling was "not introduced into Arabia by Muhammad but already existed among some classes, particularly in the towns..." (Ahmed, 1993, p.55)
"The only verses in the Quran that deal with the attire of women provide instructions to women to "guard their private parts and throw a scarf over their bosoms." (Sura 24:31-32 in: Ahmed, 1993, p.55) It was following the death of the prophet that Islam changed drastically. Jahilia, or women who were "priests, soothsayers, prophets, participants in warfare and nurses on the battlefield" were stated to be "fearlessly outspoken, defiant critics of men, authors of satirical verse aimed at formidable male opponents, keepers, in some unclear capacity of the keys of the holiest shrine in Mecca, rebels and leaders of rebellions that included men" and were women that "protested the limits Islam imposed on that freedom..." (Ahmed, 1993, p. 58) This new order of Islam "placed relations between the sexes on a new footing" and specifically invested the male with the inherent right to exert control over women. (Ahmed, 1993, p.62)"

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Soares, Claire (2009) Delara Darabi: 'Oh Mother, I Can See The Noose'. The Independent UK. 4 May 2009. Online available at:
  • Zahra, Sadaf (2005) Women in Pakistan - Victims of the Social and Economic Desecration" In Defense of Marxism. 10 Oct 2005. online available at:
  • Ahmed, L. (1993) Women and Gender in Islam: Historical Roots of a Modern DebateYale University Press, 1993
  • Khan, L. A. (2003) A theory of universal democracy: beyond the end of historyMartinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2003.
  • Paidar, P. (1997) Women and the political process in twentieth-century IranCambridge University Press, 1997

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