The most common myths about Muslim women and why they’re wrong

The western perception of Muslim women is often contradictory. Although generally pitied as objects of oppression, visibly Muslim women also bear the brunt of anti-Islam sentiment. ……………..

Myth: Muslim women are all oppressed

The assumption that all Muslim women are oppressed owes much to Islamic dress requirements (hijab). While the Quran calls for both men and women to be “modest,” in practice it is primarily women’s dress that is policed, and the various denominations have differing interpretations of what this means.

Diversity and Modesty among Muslim women

Myth: Muslim women are (or should be) uneducated.

Indeed, the world’s oldest university was founded by a Muslim woman in the 9th century, and today, Muslim women are working tirelessly to ensure women have access to education.

Myth: Muslim women are a security risk

The upshot is, there is no point blaming women for terrorist activity perpetrated primarily by men. “There is no proven relationship between terrorism and niqab wearing,” Anne says. “It really is a non-issue.”

Myth: Muslim women are inferior to men

For all their differences, the underpinnings of both Muslim and western societies are fundamentally the same, for each is built on the shaky foundation of patriarchy. As much as we like to blame religion for much of the world’s ills, the truth is, much of what we recognise as religious oppression is actually cultural misogyny.


2 replies

  1. What about forced circumcision ? Or is that tribal? Everyone wished to be free and to move freely. To follow there passions. And if women were physically stronger and more aggressive, what would the world religions look like. They certainly seem to favor men. But I will say in reading a copy of the Koran, it’s nice that women were actually included

  2. @ Susan

    First of all I would like to say that Muslims condemn female circumcision. Moreover, this is a problem prevalent in Africa, it is purely tribal and not related to religion.

    Countries such as Ethiopia are majority Christian but female circumcision is widespread likewise it is also widespread in Somalia which has a Muslim majority. However, if you look at countries outside of Africa, it is not a major problem. Therefore, this practice is purely tribal and not religious.

    Moreover, please note that in Islam, men and women are equal. The Qur’an states:

    “For men who submit themselves wholly to Allah, and women who submit themselves wholly to Him and men who believe and women who believe, and men who obey Allah and women who obey Him, and men who are truthful and women who are truthful, and men who are steadfast and women who are steadfast, and men who are humble and women who are humble, and men who give alms and women who give alms, and men who fast and women who fast, and men who guard their chastity and women who guard their chastity, and men who remember Allah much and women who remember Him, Allah has prepared forgiveness and a great reward.” (33:36)

    “Allah will turn in mercy to believing men and believing women; Allah is Most Forgiving, Ever Merciful.” (33:74)

    These two verses are examples of equality towards women.

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