Women in Islam

Amira Burghul

Despite major consensus amongst a large number of philosophers and historians that the

principles and teachings of Islam caused a fundamental change in the position of women

compared to the prevailing situation in countries in both East and West at the time, and despite

the agreement of a large number of thinkers and legislators that women during the time of the

Prophet (PBUH) were granted rights and legal privileges not granted by man-made laws until

recently, propaganda campaigns by Westerners and people with a Westernised perspective

consistently accuse Islam of being unjust to women, of imposing restrictions on them, a

marginalising their role in society.

This situation has been made worse by the atmosphere and conditions prevalent across the

Muslim world, where ignorance and poverty have produced a limited understanding of religion

a rodinné a medziľudské vzťahy, ktoré bránia spravodlivosti a civilizovanému spôsobu života, obzvlášť

medzi mužmi a ženami. Malá skupina ľudí, ktorí dostali príležitosť

získať vzdelanie a schopnosti sa tiež dostali do pasce presvedčenia, že dosiahnutie spravodlivosti

pre ženy a využitie ich schopností závisí od odmietnutia náboženstva a zbožnosti a

osvojiť si západný spôsob života, ako výsledok ich povrchného štúdia islamu na jednej strane

a vplyv odklonov života na toho druhého.

Len veľmi malému počtu ľudí z týchto dvoch skupín sa podarilo utiecť a odvrhnúť sa

ich plášte nevedomosti a tradície. Títo ľudia študovali svoje dedičstvo do veľkej hĺbky

a detail, and have looked at the results of Western experiences with an open mind. They have

distinguished between the wheat and the chaff in both the past and the present, and have dealt

scientifically and objectively with the problems which have arisen. They have refuted the false

charges made against Islam with eloquent arguments, and have admitted to concealed flaws.

They have also re-examined the sayings and customs of the Infallible Ones in order to

distinguish between what is established and holy and what has been altered and distorted.

The responsible behaviour of this group has established new directions and new ways of dealing

with the question of women in Islamic societies. They have clearly not yet tackled all problems

and found final solutions for the many legislative gaps and deficiencies, but they have laid the

ground for the emergence of a new model for Muslim women, who are both strong and

committed to the legal and effective foundations of their society.

With the triumph of the Islamic Revolution in Iran and the blessing of its leaders, which is the

main religious authority for the participation of women and their effective political and social

participation, the scope for strong debate over women in Islam has been significantly expanded.

The model of Muslim women in Iran has spread to Islamic resistance movements in Lebanon,

Palestine other Arab countries and even the Western world, and as a result, propaganda

campaigns against Islam have abated to some extent.

The emergence of Salafi Islamic movements such as the Taliban in Afghanistan and similar

Salafi hnutia v Saudskej Arábii a severnej Afrike, a ich fanatický spôsob zaobchádzania so ženami,

vyprovokovali nervóznych divákov, ktorí sa obávajú oživenia islamu, aby spustili novú propagandu

kampane obviňujúce islam z inšpirácie k terorizmu a z toho, že je voči nemu zaostalý a nespravodlivý

ženy.

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