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Women and Islam

Gender Equity in Islam
The Voice of a Woman in Islam
The Feminist Movement
Feminism and Islam
Women's Liberation through Islam
Liberation by the Veil
Hijab: Question and Answer
My Body is my own Business
Who Practices Polygamy?
Aishah bint Abi Bakr
Object of Despair
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            Gender Equity in Islam presents an overview of the status and rights of Muslim women as defined by the Qur'an and Sunnah. In this brief but important work, Dr. Jamal Badawi examines the spiritual, social, economic, and political aspects of women's position in Islam and, in doing so, effectively summarizes the role of women in Muslim society. Further, in explaining the sources that provide the foundations for Islam's stance on gender equity, the author discusses the role of Islamic scholars in their approach to women's issues.  

Whether living in the Middle East or Africa, in Central Asia, in Pakistan, in Southeast Asia, or in Europe and the Americas, Muslim women  tend to view the feminist movement with some apprehension. Although there are some features of the feminist cause with which we as Muslims would wish to join hands, other features generate our disappointment and even opposition.  There is therefore no simple or "pat" answer to the question of the future cooperation or competition which feminism may meet in an Islamic environment.  

There are however a number of social, psychological, and economic traditions which govern the thinking of most Muslims and which are particularly affective of woman's status and role in Islamic society. Understanding these can help us understand the issues which affect male and female status and roles, and how we should react to movements which  seek to improve the situation of women in any of the countries where  Muslims live.  

A Canadian-born Muslim woman has taken to wearing the traditional hijab scarf. It tends to make people see her as either a terrorist or a symbol of oppressed womanhood, but she finds the experience LIBERATING. 
 THE VOICE OF A WOMAN IN ISLAM by Dr. Yusuf al-Qaradawi 
Many Muslims have adopted the Judeo-Christian ethic which views women as the source of human tragedy because of her alleged biblical role as the temptress who seduced Adam into disobedience to his Lord.  By tempting her husband to eat the  forbidden fruit, she not only defied Allah, but caused  humankind's expulsion from Paradise, thus instigating all temporal human suffering. Those misogynists who support this Biblical myth, dredge from the archives of psuedo-Islamic  literature such as false and weak hadiths.