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Oppression of Women: Blame Cultures, Not Islam

Dear Reader,

In researching “The Jewel of Medina,” I was surprised to find that the Prophet Muhammad was quite progressive when it came to women’s rights.

During Muhammad’s time as leader of the new Islamic community in Medina, women fought alongside men in wars, prayed alongside men in the mosque, and served among the Prophet’s inner circle of Companions. Muhammad listened to his wives and encouraged them to speak their minds, despite the criticism of his male followers. And he gave women rights they had never possessed before, including the right to inherit property. That’s something women didn’t have in the United States until the turn of the 20th century!

In spite of my findings, however, many persist in believing what they want to believe about Islam, including its inherent oppression of women. Today’s story on Women’s eNews, however, supports my claim. Titled “Muslim Feminists Confront a World of Obstacles,” the story covers the International Congress on Islamic Feminism in Barcelona, Spain, and quotes Muslim women from all over the world about the important issue of women’s rights within Islam. Here’s the link:

http://www.womensenews.org/article.cfm/dyn/aid/3848

Keep reading,

Sherry

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Hi, Sherry.  I work with

Hi, Sherry. 

I work with and write about dishonor killings, and so few people understand that they pre-date Islam by centuries and are un-Islamic.  They are believed to have their origins in misinterpretations of pre-Islamic Arab tribal codes.

P.S.  I think the UT professor was just trying to stir the pot.

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Yes, and that goes for

Yes, and that goes for female genital mutilation, too. It didn't start with Islam, and it's not restricted to Muslim cultures.

My next novel is going to be about a nutty professor. Maybe Disney will make a movie!