Thursday, September 15, 2016

Muslim Women DON'T Need Saving

The Western crusade to rescue Muslim women has reduced them to a simplistic stereotype. Women and girls, like Malala Yousafzai, are portrayed in the West as victims of the Islam and Muslim culture. But they don’t always behave the way they are expected to.

For example:

1. After being “liberated,” women in Afghanistan didn’t take off their burqas, which are regarded as symbols of oppression in the West:

What most Westerners don’t know is that the burqa is seen by many Muslim women as “portable seclusion”,  a liberating invention because it enables them to move out while still observing their religious requirements of separating and protecting women from people unrelated.

2.  Education for girls and Islam are not at odds, as was suggested when atheist Sam Harris praised Malala for standing up to the “misogyny of traditional Islam:

"Across the Muslim world girls have even been going to state schools for generations. In Pakistan, poverty and political instability undermine girls’ schooling, but also that of boys. Yet in urban areas, girls finish high school at rates close to those of young men, and they are only fractionally less likely to pursue higher education. In many Arab countries, and in Iran, more women are in university than men. In Egypt, women make up a bigger percentage of engineering and medical faculties than women do in the U.S.”

Reference: http://ideas.time.com/2013/11/01/do-muslim-women-need-saving/

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