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Problems with Gender Equity in Islam


unchildren_iran_by_stefania_spanc3b2_per_terre_des_hommes_low copyMuslim countries worldwide have problems with gender equality. They dominate the bottom 10 countries in the Global Gender Gap Report, and none of the 10 most successful countries offering equal opportunities for men and women is Muslim.

Girls lag behind boys in school attendance, making up 54 per cent of the out-of-school child population in the Arab states, a figure that has not changed since 2000.

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Why this inequity?

In many Muslim countries, women are subjected to patriarchal norms and varying degrees of restriction on economic participation. This reduces the value of girls’ education in society.

Some scholars blame culture and religion for this problem. Others say the economic structure of some Muslim countries is not conducive to women’s development.

They argue patriarchal norms persist because oil-rich economies limit the role of women in the paid workforce and restrict their participation in politics.

Read the rest here.

Here’s a statistical analysis of the position of women in Islamic doctrine from the Center for the Study of Political Islam:

Islam’s stand on women is the same as its stand on every issue—duality and submission. Dualism demands that everything is seen, not as a unified whole, but as divided. The primary political duality is the division between kafirs (unbelievers) and believers. The primary internal duality is the division between males and females.

The principle of submission means that one must rule over the other. No surprise, the women must submit to the men. CSPI measured the submission of the female to the male by analyzing the Islamic doctrine.

All of Islam’s doctrine is found in the Koran, the Hadith (Traditions) and the Sira (the life of Mohammed), the Trilogy. We collected every verse, every paragraph and every sentence that mentioned women and their power relationships. These were all categorized into the women being superior, inferior, equal or merely mentioned.

In 4% of the cases, women were superior, in 91% of the cases they were inferior and in 5% they were equal. But there is a big catch. The only way that women are equal is after death on Judgment day, when men and women will be judged on how well they followed the Koran and the Sunna. And guess what? The only way to follow the Koran and the Sunna is to obey men.

Equality means obeying men.

“Face Up” to FGM

86088_End_FGM_ copyA new app called ‘Face Up’ has been launched to fight against female genital mutilation (FGM), sexual violence and child marriage.

It works by users downloading an image of their face within the app which becomes digitally imprinted with the words “I’m putting girl rights where they can’t be ignored”. Once the photo is uploaded, the photo is added to the #FaceUP album.

Read the rest here. 

FGM: How Sad to Cut the Flower of Life by Asma Marwan

My heart breaks for these innocent girls,

mutilated at their sacred core

by barbaric customs and a heinous cult,

condemned to suffer forever more.

Mutilated women never knowing what they miss,

the satisfaction of sexual bliss, or having an easy childbirth,

accepting that their life is of little worth.


How sad to cut the flower of life,

to take away the pleasure

that takes away strife,

and eases the soul and makes you whole,

that makes a man and woman one,

and makes a sacred bond

that all long for and few have found.


May these women wake from this nightmare

of subjugation and inhumanity,

this aberration of sex and power,

may they rise above the pain and sorrow

caused by this patriarchal pagan sacrifice

and stop the hands that wield the knife,

that cuts out the root of their flower of life.

Female Muslim Boxer Shames Her Family

357656-Ambreen-Sadiq_675559a copyAmbreen Sadiq is a boxer. She’s a former UK national champion, has her own business teaching students how to box and coaches in her spare time. A play telling her story is being shown at the Edinburgh Festival.

What’s more, she’s only 20 years old. Oh, and a Muslim.

Sadiq has faced serious prejudice from the British Muslim community, her neighbours, her school friends and even some members of her family. They have objected because of her religion, her sex – even what she wears.

“My dad’s family are Pakistani Muslims and they’re very into their community,” she says. “It was all ‘you’re bringing shame into the culture’ because I’m an Asian Muslim girl. If I was a boy it wouldn’t matter.”

Read the Telegraph story here.

Phyllis Chesler on the Twisted Psychology of Jihad Brides

jihad bridesThe most barbaric bunch of blood-thirsty misogynists this side of Genghis Khan are yearning for western “brides”—and the “brides,” who will be no more than sex and reproductive slaves, are coming, via an internet campaign, to service ISIS’s male Jihadis in the Caliphate in formation in Syria and Iraq. There is a “marriage bureau” in the northern Syrian town of Al Bab for Western women in a marrying state of mind.

Britain’s interior minister Theresa May warned that “we think around 400 UK-linked individuals have gone out to fight in Syria, mainly young men but also some women.” Officials worry that these numbers will rise “with the increased online activity luring vulnerable women to Syria.” The would-be “brides” are given point-by-point guidance on what to expect.”

What is coming their way is far darker than “Fifty Shades of Grey.”

Read the rest of Dr. Phyllis Chesler’s article here.

Kafirs Can’t Save Muslim Women

Cartoon of woman straining under a giant book of sharia lawThis article by Maria Khwaja appears in Salon and is a good example of delusion and denial and, perhaps, displaced envy of the Kafir female.

I agree with Maria that Western women can’t save Muslim women; they must save themselves and many are trying to, even in extremely difficult circumstances.  I applaud them for trying.

But it breaks my heart to read stories like this of courageous women who meet, talk, write, speak out, demonstrate and actively work against the gender bias and violence in Islam because they are doomed to failure, even those in the West where they are protected (somewhat) by our human rights laws.

What women like Maria do not seem to realize is that there is no way to change these crimes against female humanity.  Islam is a religion, a culture and a political system (sharia law).  Islamic doctrine is based on the Koran and the sunnah, the words and actions of Mohammed.  Islam is from Allah (God) and, therefore, its creed is perfect, eternal and can’t be changed so wife beating is forever sacred and women will always be inferior to men.

The more Islamic law is followed, the worse the treatment of females.  So what these women are asking for is a type of apostasy, where the laws aren’t followed in toto. And in many Islamic countries, this is what has happened.  But these women must never forget that at any moment, the fundamentalists can gain power and all their progress in attaining basic human rights for women can be swept away, as in Iran, Afghanistan, Libya, etc.

Muslim Women Don’t Need Saving Says Columbia Professor

Lila Abu-Lughod received her Ph.D. from Harvard, has taught at Williams, Princeton, and NYU, and now boasts the title of Joseph L. Buttenwieser Professor of Social Science at Columbia University, where she teaches anthropology and Women’s Studies and is considered an expert on the Arab world. [ . . . ] She’s also the author of a book, Do Muslim Women Need Saving?,  which was published last year by Harvard University Press, and which I first became aware of via an excerpt in the Daily Beast and a piece by Abu-Lughod, also entitled “Do Muslim Women Need Saving?”, that appeared in Time Magazine.

The thrust of both these articles is that we in the West who think Muslim women are oppressed have been misinformed. Yes, Abu-Lughod acknowledges, Islamic culture has its demerits – but hey, so does every culture. Also, she argues, women in the Islamic world are a varied crew, ranging from prime ministers to peasants, so there are plenty who don’t fit the West’s stereotypes. What to say about these rhetorical ploys except that they could be used to challenge any criticism of just about anything or anyone? (You could defend Nazi Germany against charges of anti-Semitism in precisely the same way that Abu-Lughod defends Islam against charges of oppressing women: “Admittedly, Hitler was horrible, but which national leader has ever been beyond criticism? True, some Jews suffered under Hitler, but anti-Semitism has been a very serious problem in many societies.”)

Read the rest of Bruce Bawer’s scathing review.

What is Ms Abu-Lughod thinking? Surely she knows the verse from the Koran 4:34:

Quran verse justifying oppression of women and wife-beating.

and knows these words from Mohammed the perfect example for all Muslims. Bukhari, 3:48:82: “ . . . The Prophet said, Isn’t the witness of a woman equal to half that of a man? The women said, ‘Yes.’ He said, ‘This is because of the deficiency of the woman’s mind’”

How crass and disingenuous of Ms Abu-Lughod to refuse to admit the lower position of women and how they suffer due to Islamic doctrine, its sharia law and the honor/shame culture that nurtures it. Would a year in Afghanistan change her mind? Oh, I forgot. According to Mohammed her mind is deficient.

Shariah is not compatible with the U.S. constitution.

Gender Discrimination in the Dojo (and more)

Woman martial artist sparring with a man, something that Islam would outlaw.Sonja Power is a 17-year-old girl who was told her Aikido class would be divided by gender, men on one side, women on the other, in order to accommodate a Muslim man who enrolled in the class.

The class was run out of the Lakeside Community Centre, owned by the city of Halifax. The city and the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission both supported this gender segregation.  All of that bugs me, but it was what Sonja and her mother, Michele Walsh, told Sun News was the reaction of the sensei when they complained.

“You better get used to it because this is going to happen more and more in Canada,” is how Walsh remembers sensei Steve Nickerson responding.

The author goes on to say: “Gender segregation and other unreasonable accommodations will happen more and more, but not because I want it or you want it. It will happen because of cowardly political leaders and bizarre, twisted human rights commissions that no longer believe in real human rights.”

Read the rest: Gender Discrimination in Canadian Dojo

It’s taken Western women many, many years to achieve a basic equality with men. Now in barely a blink of the eye, our rights are being destroyed by a patriarchal Islamic ideology that believes women are chattel.

Why? Because the politically correct Canadians don’t want to offend a minority. And because Canadians think that all cultures are equal and should be accommodated. So progressive Western culture must go to make room for a backward, tribal belief system that is forever locked into a master/slave relationship for men and women! This is nihilism at its core and death for the culture that finally brought about gender equality.

Shame on Progressives for Backing Gender Oppression

Muslim cleric praising wife beating as will of GodIn 2013 we have seen how Western elites increasingly sympathise with the various components of the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood to the detriment of the Liberal Islamic Reform Movement.

In Afghanistan senior Western elite figures are openly talking about negotiating with the Taliban, the group who were regarded as so dangerous that invasion of that country was regarded as an urgent necessity. Furthermore, Western Governments’ approach to the Syrian conflict is to empower the Islamists rather than more secular elements, just as they did previously in places like Egypt.

With regard to Egypt during the so-called ‘Arab Spring’, commentators following the principles of political realism who warned that it would bring the Muslim Brotherhood to power were openly condemned and mocked.

Of course, the Muslim Brotherhood came to power as just predicted and religious minorities were persecuted just as predicted. Such persecution was largely ignored by the Western press! When the Muslim Brotherhood was removed from power following their period of misrule, Western commentators openly showed their profound disappointment at this turn of events.

Actual Western policy suggests that Western policy makers, many of them self-described as progressives, appear to sympathise with the Muslim Brotherhood and act to help its cause, perversely in the name of democracy and tolerance.

The views of the Muslim Brotherhood on the subject of women’s rights should alarm such progressives, but probably will not because they are progressive in name only. They will continue to undermine secular elements in both Syria, and Egypt, and will continue to encourage Islamism at home.

Read the rest and find out how exactly the Muslim Brotherhood is opposed to gender equality.

Wake up liberals and progressives!

Where Have All the Feminists Gone? Silence on Plight of Women in Islam

Islamic feminism symbol

Remember the feminists of the ’60s?  Women’s liberation?  Remember the women who made feminism the issue of the day?  They demanded roles in government, careers, independence, and the right of women to control their reproductive lives.  They marched and formed NOW, which describes violence against women as one of their core issues.

The book that started the second wave of feminism was The Feminine Mystique, by Betty Friedan,the doyenne of feminism, who described the bored housewife in the suburbs as the “problem that has no name.”

On the other side of the world, we can see many problems for women in Muslim societies.  But contrary to Friedan, these problems “have names“: honor-killing, stoning for adultery, rape, child marriage, sex slavery, and female genital mutilation (FGM).  FGC/FGM (pictured at right) refers to all procedures involving partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for cultural or other non-medical reasons.  Type 2 is the excision of the clitoris, with partial or total excision of the labia minora. Most girls and women are traumatized from this; many die of infection, and those who survive suffer complications during pregnancy and childbirth.

FGM  is a barbaric practice widespread in many countries, but the vast majority are either Muslim-majority or home to a large number of Muslim immigrants.  Those who claim that it is “cultural” fail to link the approval given to it by Reliance of the Traveler, a manual of Islamic jurisprudence certified as “reliable” by Egypt’s Al-Azhar University.

Child marriage is another problem in Muslim countries, following the example of Mohamed himself, who at 53 married Aisha, a six-year-old, and consummated the marriage when she was a child of nine.  Yet Muslims believe that Mohamed provided a “beautiful pattern of conduct.”  The number of child brides is on the rise — the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah, recently issued a fatwa authorizing marriage to girls as young as 10 years old, and in 2011, a similar fatwa by Salafi preacher Sheikh Mohamed al-Maghrawi permitted girls as young as nine to marry.

So here you have children subjected to the destruction of their innocence and sold for abuse.  The New York Times reported on this phenomenon in Yemen, where a nine-year-old ran away from her husband and demanded a divorce because of sexual abuse.  And in Britain, authorities are now reporting the forced marriage of girls as young as nine on British soil.  By contrast, Betty Friedan was outraged that young women of 19 and 20 chose to drop out of college to get married.

Read the rest of this important article here.