Akhtar, Nasreen; Métraux, Daniel A.
June 2013
International Journal on World Peace;Jun2013, Vol. 30 Issue 2, p35
Academic Journal
This article discusses the mistreatment of women in Pakistan, including practices like the "marriage" of a young girl to the Quran, requiring her to spend her life at home reciting the Quran or be killed. The authors argue that the oppression of women in Pakistan does not have its roots in the Quran, but in pre-Islamic tribal customs, especially popular in rural areas. Many of today's Islamists and hardliners justify their treatment of women by claiming they are taught by the Quran. To the contrary, this article explains that many policies and laws on marriage and women's education are methods of control to protect power and property. Those who label these policies as promoted by the Quran are ascribing a false legitimacy, because they are not promoted by the Quran. In addition to describing many women's rights violations, the article promotes a few of a modern Islamic society that both retains fidelity to the Quran and provides equal rights to women.


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