Qatar, which follows Wahhabi doctrine, has been launching a series of social and political reforms affecting women in the past few years. Accustomed to stereotypical depictions, Westerners are told that Middle Eastern women are passive, weak, and always veiled. That's why many public buildings, parks and means of transportation are segregated by sex. But many of those, for example female genital mutilation, also predated Islam. King Abdullah is allowing women more exposure in public life. The society has put a lot of pressure on women, providing unattainable expectations of how women should look and behave just by virtue of being women.
Picture a woman in the Middle East, and probably the first thing that comes into your mind will be the hijab. The culture, thoughts and status quo of the people have been and continually are being changed and challenged due the mass spread of American goods and ideas. Or a woman who is involved in adultery or other sex acts outside monogamous marriage is punished more severely than the man who is involved, and a woman's word about rape is not taken as seriously as a man's word about being robbed would be. The evolutionary explanations are controversial. . Women's status as somehow lesser than men is used to justify men's power over women.
However, the Islamic resurgence of the 1970s has threatened the gains that women have made. A national is entitled to the rights and a privilege allotted to a free individual and is also entitled to protection from the state. If we want to understand why an Egyptian man beats his wife, it's right and good to condemn him for doing it, but it's not enough. They say that women are inferior in all religions and it is not specific to Islam. It is known that people of Arab decent were behind the attack.
Furthermore, Islam has sanctioned and perpetuated many sexist practices and views, including polygamy, the stigmatization of menstruation, the requirement of wifely obedience to the husband, and the inequality of inheritance and court appearances. Eltahawy argued that in the Muslim world women are treated like animals by men who disdain and fear them. Reproductive functions — including childbirth and menstruation, sometimes breastfeeding and pregnancy — are seen as disgusting. Yet these particular countries have been less successful in integrating educated women into the economy and into decision-making positions. Many private philanthropic organizations in the West have shifted their largess to aid civic associations.
Washington should send a message to Middle Eastern governments that U. Combining her own experiences growing up in Egypt with examples of injustices across numerous countries in the region, Eltahawy paints a picture of a world that is dangerous and unjust for women, and covers issues such as veiling, virginity, rape, harassment, domestic abuse, and equal representation before the law. After hearing an amazing woman named Nomy Lamm speak this weekend, I could not longer let this issue be ignored. In the 1980s, the movement was supported and nurtured by Western governments to be used in the conflicts and tensions of the Cold War and in the fight against progressive movements in the region. In view of the fact that women, including Tzipi Livni Justice Minister , Limor Livnat culture and sports minister and Shelly Yacimovich leader of the Labor Party , are now prominent in Israeli politics, and that three of the five major Israel banks are led by women, and that Karnit Flug is governor of the Bank of Israel, the rank can be expected to be higher in the next report. Fortunately over the years I managed to build a small but understanding audience who are far from that kind of attitude. Although religion bears major responsibility for the inferior status of women, it cannot be solely blamed for the gender problem in the Middle East.
How do Muslim girls and women feel about covering their hair? There can be cultural or. And so do South Asian societies -- where a population of nearly five times as many women as live in the Middle East endure some of the in the world today. Women are even being given the right to vote in municipal elections. The high-income Arab countries rank among the lowest in the overall index. Morocco, my own home country has made outstanding progress on gender equality. Ultimately, I do not see Islam as the problem; I see it as the platform for change. Thus their bodies must be guarded to protect virginity, ensure that their progeny are legitimately fathered, and that they are not abducted or in other ways violated as a hostile act against the family unit.
Her most recent novel stretches back to the 1950s and explores the changing sociopolitical dynamic of the country through one family and their eventual dispersal across the globe. This is the impertinence that women in the Middle East face every single day of their life; it is how they are born and raised and it is all they know. In the history of music, Classical period was from the year 1750 till 1830 and Romantic era was from 1804-1949. Because of this, women are told they must cover up their bodies in order to help men control themselves. In their view, if Islam allowed women to go to school with a knee-length skirt or to become a judge as long as she does not speak of her sexuality, then Islam has been modernized.
They deserve to be heard and to be respected. While a woman could marry only one man at a time, men were allowed up to four wives and an unlimited number of concubines. In many cases, where a woman has been widowed, divorced, or abandoned or if her husband is not a national in the country where they reside, her children have no access to citizenship and are thus excluded from the rights of a citizen. In the following essay you will read about the everday lives of Middle Eastern women. Marjane Satrapi Although name might not be widely known, her stunning graphic novel , adapted into an award-winning film of the same name, has become a classic of the graphic novel genre. One sees the impact that Islamic fundamentalism can have on women's status in Iran, where in the wake of the Islamic Revolution most of the legal reforms benefiting women have been cancelled and women have been relegated to traditional roles in the home. The doctrine of Boko Haram which is said to prevent westernization of Middle Eastern culture is also made by international interests; therefore, it is of paramount importance to bear in mind that the main onus lies with the theorists or supporters of such abnormal movements.