What does Islam say about the position of men compared to women?

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The Quran views men and women equally. The Quran includes numerous aspects that help women. For example, the Quran prohibits killing female babies, encourages female education, the right to divorce, the right to own and inherit property, and the right to refuse a marriage offer.

However, the Quran does mention that men are a degree above women. This is because men are the providers. Historically, men would have financial responsibility of his family. However, women and men are spiritually equal in the eyes of Allah.

 

Barlas, Asma. “The Qur’an and Hermeneutics: Reading the Qur’an’s Opposition to Patriarchy.” Journal of Qur’anic Studied 3.2 (2001): 15-38

Gulevich, Tanya. Understanding Islam and Muslim Traditions: An Introduction to the Religious Practices, Celebrations, Festivals, Observances, Beliefs, Folklore, Customs, and Calendar System of the World’s Muslim Communities, including an Overview of Islamic History and Geography. Detroit, MI: Omnigraphics, 2004.

Rasool, G. Javed. “Women in Islamic Ideology.” Social Scientist 15.2 (1987): 62-65.

 

To read “The Qur’an and Hermeneutics”, Understanding Islam and Muslim Traditions, and “Women in Islamic Ideology”, please see attached documents.

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