Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Domestic violence in Arab Culture and Power of women


Domestic violence in Arab Culture and Power of women
In many aspects, most people perceives Islam as a religion that forcefully ties down a woman along with her rights; envisioning them to be enslaved by their husbands and are deprived of freedom. But on the contrary, Islam’s Muhammad’s first wife, Khadijah, was a powerful businesswoman who employed him and initiated the marriage proposal on her own. It was Muhammad himself that ended female infanticide and established the first rights of women in Arab culture. Though the government under King Abdullah’s reign opened the country’s first co-educational university, appointed the first female cabinet member, and passed laws against domestic violence, the conservatives would deem it unnecessary as they would want to preserve the culture’s gender roles. It was due to Saudi Arabia being the center of Islam that they are in need of their conservative values. On one of the government polls conducted during 2006, it was found that 80 percent of the female population deems it unnecessary for them to drive as well as be mixed up with men in their work. Only Saudi Arabia was the only Muslim country that gave such response; adding that the changes that the government plans to initiate would be opposing the Muslim values and would only add up some unnecessary Western influences. They also claim to have high degree of independence.
Clearly, these women asks not for change; they would want us to respect their wishes and leave thing be. Forcing a nation to change its perception of the modern world would seem rude, considering that a nation that bows down to another’s standards loses its credibility to take care of its own.

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