The Pros And Cons Of Islamic Feminism

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Liberal feminist ideologies are facing much criticism throughout the world. As some people say liberalism’s promise of freedom and equality was never intended for the majority, but for the propertied elite. Many Muslim scholars consider them against Islam and Shariah. Many problems exist as with western feminism and with most concepts and ideas finding a concise definition of Islamic feminism is difficult to define. It is a feminists discourse and practice articulated within an Islamic paradigm. Islamic feminism, which derives its understanding and mandate from the Quran, seeks rights and justice for women, and for men, in the totality of their existence. We are not going to negative criticism on western feminism, western feminism has a goal to get all…show more content…
The first noteworthy book to demand equal rights for women was published in London in 1792. Authored by Mary Wollstonecraft, it was entitled, "A Vindication of the Rights of Woman.” The industrial revolution came later to America and that is why the women's liberation movement did not begin there until the nineteenth century. Therefore Ahmad says that "Stories of the poor treatment of Muslim women were used by colonial powers"(Ahmad 1992) But Said looks these ideologies as some conspiracy as he says In the west the enmity between these ideological positions is reflected in the representations of Islam which conjure up images of totalitarian states and irrational believers, oppressive man and powerless, submissive women. This misrepresentation in the west has been means of supporting and maintaining its position of dominance(Said 1978). But Kandiyoti replies that any intervention targeted at women, or any attempt by feminists to change the position of Muslim women from a position which totally rejects Islam, results in accusations of cultural imperialism and or neo imperialism(Kandiyoti

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