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Women and the Koran: The Status of Women in Islam Hardcover – September 1, 1997
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This book details the entire repressive sexual regime of the traditional Muslim societies, including Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, the U.A.E., and Pakistan. (The author didn't get to describe the barabarians currently in control of Afghanistan, because they were not yet in power when the book was finished in 1996.) It's astounding, yet accurate: I know an American woman who went to visit a sheik in Iraq in the 1980s and was followed around by pebble-throwing boys because she wasn't wearing the traditional Muslim covering. No one disciplined the boys, because it was she who was in the "wrong": she had dared to show her female head in public!
Marrying 9-year-olds, it seems, became a tradition with the caliphs (heads of Islam) after Muhammad, and the author shows that child brides are still favored in much of the Muslim world today. It must be okay, because the "Prophet" did it!
The most useful part of this book, perhaps, is the extensive treatment of the historical background of the sections of the Koran and the hadiths dealing with women.Read more ›
The point of "women in Islam" is not so much whether or not women are allowed to become doctors etc. However there is a big disparity in Islam as soon as human sexuality is concerned: Whereas an unmarried muslim male can have as much premarital sex as he likes, a muslim woman is strictly obliged to preserve her virginity to "keep the honor of the family". If she does not do so, she must expect to be killed by her own family (in order to re-install the "honor of the family"). And those are facts proven by evidence.
So as long is there is no sexual equality between the sexes, there is no equality between the sexes at all.
Let me present some interesting quotes to show what I mean:
" 1. Child marriage is lawful in Islam and the neccessary contract can be drawn up between the guardian and the would-be husband when the girl is no more than five or six years old. In this sense marriage is nothing but the sale of a minor girl. We shall refer to this in more detail in the following chapter.
2. The consent of the girl is not prerequisite for the marriage of a female child to a grown man over fifty.
3. Sexual intercourse of a fifty year old man with a mere girl is not something to be ashamed of. On the contrary, the act of Muhammad in taking a child as his wife set a precedent, which then became a tradition (sunna) in the Muslim lawbooks and jurisprudence.
4. Despite the fact that the girl Aisha was frightened when Muhammad approached her sexually, the Prophet went on to consummate the marriage regardless of the consequences. Whereas sexual intercourse with a girl in her childhood is a punishable offense in most countries of the world today, this deplorable custom still goes on in some Muslim nations. The girl was so small that according to the reliable Islamic biographers, she took along her toys and playthings to the Prophets bedchamber: 'The little girl was allowed to keep her toys and her dolls and sometimes the Prophet would play games with her.'
About veilig of women:
"There have also been recorded instances in which two lovers have met secretly and had sexual contact without removing the veil from the woman's face. In the eyes of the uneducated fundamentalist girl, revealing her face to a man who is not her next of kin is an unforgivable crime.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Anwar Hekmat's book makes a great introduction to the subject. In particular the section on the life of Muhammad is excellent. Read morePublished on February 22, 2014 by Ralph White
The Koran, a tedious book and a perfect embodiment of 7th Century Middle Eastern barbarism, promotes the inferior status of
women in Islamic societies. Read more
If I could give this 0 star I would.
This book is not helpful for anyone who wishes to gain an insight in the status of women in Islam. Read more
This book is pretty much bashing Islam. As a Muslim Woman, I find myself not close to my faith because of traditional practices. Read morePublished on November 23, 2010 by Dalya
Those who disparage this book say that to criticise Islam is blasphemous -- that doesn't counter the facts that the author offered about the origins of this religion. Read morePublished on October 7, 2008 by Genevieve Kineke
The veil is still seen as an oppression in the west,particularly
in America.For both sexes there is modesty. Read more
To comment on the last person's comment's, I would like to say that Muslim women are individuals of their own in Islamic Law. Read morePublished on March 10, 2005 by Aliah Azmeh
I am amazed at the reviews I am reading about this book -- most of which are biased and based on ignorance. (Don't write a review if you can't spell or punctuate. Read morePublished on February 26, 2005 by PLong
I am a graduate student doing research on the veil/hijab. This book is an awful treatment of Muslim traditions and is based on the authors opinions rather then on historical... Read morePublished on November 25, 2004 by Jesse Siess