Questions we all Ask ourselves about Islam

Questions we all ask Ourselves

The Muslim World

The Muslim population of the world is around one billion. 30% of Muslims live in the Indian subcontinent, 20% in Sub-Saharan Africa, 17% in Southeast Asia, 18% in the Arab World, 10% in the Soviet Union and China. Turkey, Iran and Afghanistan comprise 10% of the non-Arab Middle East. Although there are Muslim minorities in almost every area, including Latin America and Australia, they are most numerous in the Soviet Union, India, and central Africa. There are 5 million Muslims in the United States.

How does Islam guarantee human rights?

Freedom of conscience is laid down by the Quran itself: ‘There is no compulsion in religion’. (2:256)

The life and property of all citizens in an Islamic state are considered sacred whether a person is Muslim or not.

Racism is incomprehensible to Muslims, for the Quran speaks of human equality in the following terms:

O mankind! We created you from a single soul, male and female, and made you into nations and tribes, so that you may come to know one another. Truly, the most honored of you in God’s sight is the greatest of you in piety. God is All-Knowing, All Aware (49:13)

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The Veil, The Hijab, and Uncovering of a Muslim Woman

Why Muslim Women Cover

Video of Afghan Girl Bibi Aisha whose nose was cut off by Husband because she ran away from home.

Bibi AIsha

New Nose

Rima FakihRima fakih- (Muslim Beauty) 2010 Miss USA

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Annotated Bibbliography

Scholarly Articles

Ahmed-Ghosh, Huma. “Dilemmas of Islamic and Secular Feminists and Feminisms.” Journal of International Women’s Studies Vol. 9 #3 May 2008: 18.

This paper explores ways in which a multifaceted understanding of Islamic feminism can contribute to productive dialogue about the future of Muslim women in both Islamic and Secular states. Towards that end it discusses the numerous Interpretations of Islamic, secular and collaborative and hybrid feminisms and have surfaced in Islamic and non-Islamic nations.  There is a pragmatic value to developing a standard for Islamic feminism that can be “ modern” and held up to more oppressive local conditions/politics and their extremes of patriarchy.

Bala, Haliru. “”Socio-economic Status and Role of woman in Islam Towards  Gender Equality.” Gender and Behaviour December 2010: 9.

This paper could be useful for my final paper because it give information as to how muslim woman are equal.  This paper investigated the socio-economic status and role of woman in Islam in Islam towards gender equality.  Women have the same rights as men but that is not what is portrayed in the media, it portrays men as having more power than women.

Guindi, Fadwa El. “”Gendered Resistance, Feminist Veiling, Islamic Feminism”.” Ahfad Journal 22.1 (2005): 26.

Guindi claims that despite the evidence against “universality claim,” some advocates of universality and a few feminist scholars continue to adopt it, overlooking the obvious and significant fact that feminism itself is grounded in culture and that feminists from any society or any particular cultural tradition hold and internalize premises and assumptions stemming out of their culture that shape their orientation to feminist issues.

Lori Cohen, Leyna Peery. “Unveiling Student’s Perceptions About Women in Islam.” English Journal 95.3 (2006): 20-26.

This journal explains the different perceptions people get when they speak to a Muslim woman. Cohen and Peery describe a literature unit using texts by and about Muslim women. Studying women’s roles through a variety of genres–short story, essays, graphic novel, film–helped students broaden their understanding of women in the Islamic world.

Schwartz, Stephen. “Islamaphobia: America’s New Fear Industry.” Phi Kappa Phi Forum 2010: 3

This periodical was helpful because it pointed out the fears of the US and the Media and how September 11 changed everything and arised Islamaphobia. The media of the U.S and the civilians seems to be paranoid when they see or hear about Islam.  This article points out the reasons and why America fears Islam.


Badey, Thomas J. Annual Editions: Violence and Terrorism 10/11, 12th Edition. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Companies, 2010.

This book was helpful because it gave me a brief description of muslim women who were terrorists and took place in suicide attempts.  It also pointed out to the key role Islamic women play in society as a wife, sister, or friend of a terrorist.  The women who are terrorist were easily brainwashed and that is why they sacrificed their life because they believe they will go to heaven.  This book covers all the details anyone interested in the role of a woman in terrorism.

Fernea, Elizabeth Warnock. Women and the Family in the Middle East: New Voices Of Change. Austin, Texas: University of Texas Press, 1985.

This book explains the life of a traditional muslim woman under the Islamic law.  What a traditional housewife has to do and what her duties are as a wife, sister, person.  It also explains the general rules they have to follow and their role under the Islamic law.

Tarlo, Emma. Visibly Muslim Fashion, Politics, Faith. New York, NY: Berg Publishers, 2010.

This book explains that there is not a specific look for Muslim women.  Depending on the region and the open mind of the family a muslim girl can wear the hijab or just look like a normal girl like me or any one that lives in the United States or Europe.  The book points out different countries such as Britain who is habituated by many Muslims and all of them have a different look.

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Nye, Gender (79-104)

From reading the Gender chapter from the Nye book, it made me open my eyes and explore a different aspect of religion I did not see before.  I always knew a male wrote the bible and that males controlled the churches.  But I never thought it had anything to do with the oppression of women.  Now that I think about It women can never become priests, or be a huge role model for its followers to believe.  If this is the case then Christian has similarities to Islam.  Where women are only seen to be the mother figure but never achieve to be the authoritative of the house.

I feel Nye was just trying to point out how the male figure is seen as the supreme power of a family and of the religious role models. I am a Catholic and I never felt like I was being oppressed from my religion. I was taught that that men usually take care of their wives financially, etc and women usually handle the home life and children if they desire to be a housewife.

To be a Catholic woman is to be on the receiving end of such questions with an assumption on the part of the questioner that the answer will be an automatic “Yes.” Indeed, the questions are seen as rhetorical.  Everyone knows that women may not be ordained as Catholic priests, that they are oppressed by a vision of marriage and family life that treats them as childbearing serfs within the home.
The reality is hugely different. Catholic women are not oppressed by the church.

There were more women than men at the foot of the Cross. It was to a woman (at the well) that Christ first revealed himself as the Messiah. A woman, Mary Magdalene, was the first person to see and speak to our risen Savior on Easter Sunday.

Reading this chapter helped me understand what Muslim women go through with the assumption that they are oppressed when they are not.

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Religion In the Movie “The Book of Eli”

I found the clip below interesting because it shows how having faith in a religion (In this particular case Christianity) and studying can make you learn it and help you remember it.

As seen here Eli, actor Denzel Washington recites the Bible in his lastdays before passing away because the last Bible to survive was destroyed and throughout the movie it was brought out that he had the power of knowledge since he read the only existing King James Bible there was.  Denzel kept saying throughout the movie that he was being guided by the lord to complete a mission and such mission was to pass the word of knowledge which was to recite the Bible’s words to someone in a library so that many bibles could be reproduced and distributed amongst the surviving people, and the knowledge of power could be given.

Published in: on February 23, 2011 at 5:39 am Comments (0)

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