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Woman's Treatment In Islamic And Christian Societies

2043 words - 8 pages

Throughout the history of mankind, women have always been struggling to receive their equal rights, whether it's at the work place, at home, in the church or in society as a whole, it seems as if women have taken a backseat to men. A woman is the foundation of the human race, without them, the human race as we know it, would cease to exist. Some people believe that a man has more rights than a woman and that a man's worth is greater than a woman's, but these people couldn't be any further from the truth. Unfortunately, people use religion to support their claims, which can be a dangerous fixation.The two largest religions in the world, Christianity and Islam have been at odds with one another about how the other one treats their women. The current mainstream ideology is that Islam is oppressive when it comes to the rights of women, but this misconception must change. As a young Muslim male, I've personally seen the bombarded and hijacking of my religion by a small number of fanatical, deceptive, uneducated, violent individuals. My home country, Afghanistan, was once overthrown and dictated by religious extremist who almost abolished every right of a woman, even her human rights. But Islam isn't the only religion that is conveyed to oppress a woman, Christianity is just as guilty. The fact is that Christianity and Islam both believe in human rights, regardless on gender. The oppression of women should be blamed on one religion or another, but by the individuals who wrongly misinterpret the holy texts.In the past few decades women in America have seen a lot of great accomplishments occur. Everything from their rights to be able to vote in elections, to their equal pay in the work place (for the most part); women have come a long way. However, different societies treat woman differently and have separate rules for them. In Islamic society women are treated differently than in a Christian society.Before there was the Women's Rights Movement here in America, Islam had already given women the rights that feminist groups were seeking 1400 years ago. Through the Prophet Muhammad, Allah (God) had sent Holy Quran to him as the final message. In the Holy Quran, women's rights are greatly emphasized, in contrast to what people may contemplate. "For his day, the Prophet Muhammad was a feminist. The doctrine he laid out as the revealed word of God considerably improved the status of women in 7th century Arabia. In local pagan society, it was the custom to bury alive unwanted female newborns; Islam prohibited the practice. Women had been treated as possessions of their husbands; Islamic law made the education of girls a sacred duty and gave women the right to own and inherit property. Muhammad even decreed that sexual satisfaction was a woman's entitlement," (Time Magazine). The right for a woman to own property or inherit property, cast vote, her required consent in marriage or even have the right to divorce her husband was practically unheard of in society at...

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