19 January 2015
Women in the Middle East Class Structure
For decades, independent women’s movements in the Middle East have been prohibited by the government. For Middle Eastern women, world population general first impression is that they are hijab, very obedient to men and loyal. Until this very day, culture teaches that women are inferior to men, and supposed to be worth more than the other sex. Men are superior to women. Under the Islamic government, sovereignty belongs to the Islam god and law. Islam has the absolute authority over all individuals and the Middle East governments. Women’s Rights in Middle East impact can be understood through the culture, religion and class structure in the Middle East.
The cultural importance of women’s rights in the Middle East has been long-lasting. From the rise of the Islam until now, women’s rights are the rights and privileges claimed for women and girls of many societies worldwide but women in Islam countries continue to struggle for their rights, and they continue to face tremendous barriers.
It is difficult to say whether religion can cause a revolution, or if it will always be used to constrain. Middle East is the cradle and spreading ground of Islam. It is a highly influential religion, combines politics and religion. The Islamic government is not similar to the well-known systems of government. Since obtaining their independence from Europe, most Middle Eastern
Governments have undertaken legal reforms directed at reducing the inequalities between men and women but they have had to face strong opposition from Muslim clerics as well as from other conservative religious forces, who charge them with violating the Divine Law. (Elizabeth) People who attempt to change the social structure in Middle Eastern countries use religion as their instrument. But the power of the religion is greater than the government and the sincerity of the believers which drives back the government’s act and the revolution because of involving the religion statute.
"Isn't the witness of a woman equal to half of that of a man?" The women said, "Yes." He said, "This is because of the deficiency of a woman's mind." (Sahih Bukhari 3.48.826). In Islam, sexuality is considered as the big part of their identity as human being and also it has strongly emphasized the concept of decency and modesty in the interactions between members of the opposite sex. Dress code is part of that teaching. Hadith of Islam mentioned “not display their beauty except what is apparent, and they should place their khumur over their bosoms” (qtd. in Al-Islam) and “Say to the believing men that: they should cast down their glances and guard their private parts (by being chaste). This is better for them.” (qtd. in Al-Islam) that can explain why Muslim women are wearing hijab, because to obey their god, and to be known as respectable women. Also many Muslim women see wearing the hijab as indicative of their desire to be part of an Islamic doctrine. According to a Muslim woman, “some women wear it because they strongly believe it is their religious obligation” (qtd. in Vyver).
One of the Islam hadith mentioned "If a husband calls his wife to his bed (i.e. to have sexual relation) and she refuses and causes him to sleep in anger, the angels will curse her till morning."(Sahih Bukhari 4.54.460) Muslim wives are required to please their husband, and also
6708 3 believe the consequences of violating the hadith. This may causes domestic violence just because of the wife cannot please the husband, that makes the husband has all the rights on his wife in view of the fact that the wife’s responsibility as a Muslim is to pleasure their husband.
In 2010, United Arab Emirates Islamic court stated “It is okay to beat your wife or children- Just don’t leave a mark”. What if a woman beat her husband and don’t leave a mark? Is she violating the law? Since when does beating people is legal,