As a female Muslim (Muslimah) I became the witness of how western questioned Islam. They always ask about my right and my obligation to follow the rules of my religion. In their perspective, Islam violates my right when it comes to get my own decision. In fact, they see this point of view as the outsiders rather than the way a muslimah sees it. I honestly feel that Islam is the best religion that gives security to the woman.
Women usually wear hijab’s, a headscarf, and men also wear conservative clothes. This is to ensure that neither men nor woman are having improper thoughts. Many Islamic women view modesty and the hijab to demand respect from men; this makes them feel powerful and respected. Although many nations encourage modesty, others do not. In a family setting it is important the mother is educated because she will teach her children and family members morals, knowledge, and the religious beliefs.
The author Anzaldúa highlights that the lifestyle of women depends on the expectation of culture; she states, “The culture expects women to show greater acceptance of, and commitment to, … men. The culture and the church insist that women are subservient to males” (17). Women before 21st century were seen as a person who must commit and obey to their husband during the marriage with maintaining silence. Such act of rebel was condemned in society and women had to live under the gender role given by their culture without freedom of speech. Moreover, Anzaldúa emphasizes that women’s future was chosen by their culture; there are three directions that they could turn into: “to the church as a nun, to the streets as a prostitute, or to the home as a mother” (17).
John Updike described Hester Prynne, the main protagonist, as “a mythic version of every woman’s attempt to integrate her sexuality with societal demands.” In The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne was used as a symbol of women’s struggle and acceptance to meet society’s expectations as a woman and especially as a wife. These expectations being; loyal, the proper mom for her child and following the guidelines of the Bible by not committing any sins, etc. She was labeled as an adulterer but above everything else she became a power identity and a symbol of bravery. Before understanding why Hester was a mythic version for all these reasons, it is important to first understand who Hester is, what she did and why she is such a crucial character in this 1850 romance novel. Hester Prynne is mother of Pearl whom she had through an affair with Arthur Dimmesdale.
“God Gives, Man Robs” While Sultana’s Dream speaks about Rokeya’s educational philosophy, her ‘God Gives, Man Robs’ (Hossain, 2006 ) explains the most important aspect of her feminist philosophy, Islamic feminism. (Hasan, “Marginalisation” 189) Struggling for women’s education and engagement in public life and for an enlarged political role for women, she did not go against her religion or cultural values, however (189). Hossain (1992: 4) notes: ‘When Rokeya looked for role models to show that emancipation was possible, she turned not to Western women but those of the subcontinent or the Muslim world’. In her denigration of the oppressive patriarchal social structure, she critiques a host of Indian socio-cultural inflections mixed with Islam, not religion itself. She promotes ‘idealised Islamic values’ (Hossain, 1992: 8) and highlights Islam’s emancipatory aspects by looking at Qur’an and Hadith through
Introduction Gender in perceived as a socio-cultural construct of male and female identities that determine and influence the manner in which people live and construe their vicinity, and those around them (Lee, 2005). Typically, gender is natural. Nonetheless, it is also learned directly and indirectly in the society. In a broad sense, gender refers to the opportunities, societal attributes, and relationships affiliated with being masculine or feminine (Lee, 2005). In this regard, gender roles are perceived as behavioral norms and patterns that are affiliated with males and females in a particular culture, system, or social group (Fairbairn, Blanckenhorn & Székely, 2007).
They should cover their aurah to all males besides blood relatives, their father, brothers, paternal and maternal uncles. By covering ones’ body in Islam it is a way of one showing their closeness to God, as a female you have restrictions, but the upper hand at the same time as you have the choice as to who you will marry and show your aurah too. Humility and modesty goes hand-in-hand in Islam. There are common things found in each religion, like the veiling of women and making sure that modesty is a part of a persons’ characteristics. The veiling of women is also for the same reason, which is to abstain from pre-marital sex and to not gain attention from the opposite sex.
The manner in which the men and women carry themselves around is fundamental to the definition and distinction of gender in general. There are acts both of omission and commission that are associated with each gender. However as days go by, the society undergoes transformation and so do the traditions and cultures that shape and influence the society as whole. In the family set up for example, the different roles are distributed depending on gender. There are also perceptions relating to the behavior of people that distinguish what are expected and what is not expected from people of a given gender.
The essay dives into Bernarda’s beliefs and provides the root of her traditional views. The article connects with my research about how religious beliefs have affected the way women have been portrayed and forced to fit an unrealistic image of purity. The evidence in this essay demonstrates how a religious community can mold a matriarchal household to impose patriarchal views on to women. The composition indicates that such matriarchal atmosphere, a woman is obliged to spend her life preserving the man's world by remaining relentlessly subservient, enslaving herself to her hallowed master and following her
This contrast can be related to Theology of the Body because it explains what it really means to be a man and a woman. Theology of the Body also teaches us how we need to live our lives, as men and women, in the best way to glorify God. It is proven everyday that men and women are different. We differ not just by our physical features but by the way God made us too. God created both men and women to love one another.