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Aristotle And Islam: Two Views Of Women's Rights

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Aristotle is one of the most famous philosophers around the world. He is Greek; he lived between 384 BC and 322 BC . He wrote in many aspects such as physics, metaphysics, logic, politics, government and ethics . While concerning politics and government, it is clear that Aristotle has some effective ideas to the state and the human society. On the other hand, Islam is one of the religious that take about how the society works and how to keep the state. They both talk about justice and equality between the members of the society. Recently, women claim for their rights as they can have what men in the same society have. By considering both Islam and Aristotle, the idea of equality in the society can be supported. I personally believe that Islam’s ideas are more suitable while applying it in the UAE society, since it is an Islamic one. However, I can agree with a part of Aristotle’s idea and reject the other part of it.
Justice is the concept of moral rightness based on ethics, rationality, law, natural law, religion, fairness, or equity . In the Arab society and especially in the Gulf region women always want to have what men have. In elections and voting, working and occupations, they want to be as them. For example, The English Gulf news wrote about a female Saudi writer called Nadine Al Bdair who says that woman should be allowed to marry more than a man just like what Islam does to men, she urges scholars to look for this issue. On her article she said:"Traditionalists argue that Islam forbids women to marry more than one man at once to determine the fatherhood of the child in case the woman becomes pregnant. This argument has now collapsed because modern science can identify the father of any child through DNA testing” . This is a funny idea, there is no tradition customs that allow men to marry four women but it is an Islamic permissions. If this is good so God will allow it from the beginning because he is the creator and he is the only one who knows what is good or bad to have it or not. Another issue in our society today is in Kuwait, women in Kuwait were before few years not allowed entering the Parliament but now it is not the same. On a Kuwaiti website it is written that; “One of the most pressing issues in Kuwait today is women's suffrage. In May 1999, the Amir issued a decree granting women the right to vote and hold elected office, but the measure was struck down by the National Assembly in November 1999. Supporters have vowed to continue to push for full political rights, and the government has indicated it will again submit a bill to parliament in the next term. Once the Assembly approves it, the bill will allow women to vote and run for public office beginning in the next scheduled elections. ” nowadays women in Kuwait are allowed to vote and to be candidates.
According to Jacobus, Justice in Aristotle’s opinion is more related to the state, if it is an oligarchy which means a government by the few or democracy which is a...

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