Every day I see people advocate for a concept of “Islamic feminism” and it honestly blows my mind.
There are a number of injunctions made against women in Islamic texts. Female genital mutilation is endorsed by Islamic authorities and is widespread in Islamic countries.
There are still people who think Islam and feminism can be reconciled. It’s time to debunk that nonsense. According to progressive logic, you’d have to be an Islamophobe or a misogynist. You can’t be both.
Progressives, I would like you to read some verses from the Qur’an and Hadiths:
* Qur'an (2:228) “Men have a status above women.”
* Qur'an (4:11) (on inheritance) "The male shall have the equal of the portion of two females"
* Qur'an (2:282) (on court testimony) "And call to witness, from among your men, two witnesses. And if two men be not found then a man and two women."
* Qur'an (2:223) "Your wives are as a tilth unto you; so approach your tilth when or how ye will..."
* Qur’an (4:34) “If you fear highhandedness from your wives, remind them [of the teaching of God], then ignore them when you go to bed, then hit them.”
* Bukhari (6:301) "[Mohammed] said, 'Is not the evidence of two women equal to the witness of one man?' They replied in the affirmative. He said, 'This is the deficiency in her intelligence.'"
* Al-Tirmidhi (3272) "When [Mohammed] was asked which woman was best he replied, 'The one who pleases (her husband) when he looks at her, obeys him when he gives a command, and does not go against his wishes regarding her person or property by doing anything of which he disapproves'."
* Abu Dawud (11:2142) “[Mohammed] A man will not be asked as to why he beat his wife.”
* Al-Tabari, Vol. 9, pp. 112 "[Mohammed] You have rights over your wives….You have the right that they should not defile your bed and that they should not behave with open unseemliness. If they do, God allows you to put them in separate rooms and beat them”
Concordantly, Sharia law endorses misogyny. Qur’an verse 4:34 has been invoked to endorse wife-beating. Qur’an verses 2:228 and 6:301 have been used to endorse the idea that men have innate superiority over women.
Al-Tirmidhi verse 3272 has been invoked to support the domestic subservience of women. It would be hard to find a set of beliefs more diametrically opposed to women’s rights.
The popular application of Sharia law is even more misogynistic. Sharia law is often used to justify honor killings, the Islamic practice of male family members killing female family members for being “dishonorable”. Sharia law has also been used to maintain the legality of female genital mutilation.
Actually, I wouldn’t mind seeing how a SlutWalk or Free the Nipple protest would go in a fundamentalist Islamic country. If precedent is anything to go by, it would probably result in a spate of lashings, stonings, and honor killings. How progressive.
You may be thinking “Lauren, why are you focusing on Islam? The Bible contains anti-women verses as well!” It’s true that a literal interpretation of the Bible would leave you with some negative attitudes towards women. However, Christianity has been moderated by hundreds of years of post-Enlightenment thought.
There are only a few thousand Christians trying to practice a textually accurate version of Christianity today, and there are a few hundred million Muslims trying to do the same.
Besides, much of the worst misogyny in Islam comes from Mohammed himself. I challenge you to find a section of the Bible where Jesus is said to beat his wife, behead women, or have sex with nine-year-olds.
Progressives need to stop treating Islam’s attitudes towards women with kid gloves. There’s nothing progressive about forbidding women to drive.
There’s nothing progressive about women being killed for adultery, or being stoned for the crime of being raped. And there’s nothing progressive about shoving Islamic misogyny under the rug to keep dangerous people placated.
So it’s up to you, progressives. Do you want to be branded an Islamophobe or a misogynist?
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