Islam and Gender

Islam tends to be narrowly represented throughout present-day media, including many depictions of the disparities between the rights of men and women. These media depictions rarely reflect the nuances of the intersection of Islam and gender and the diversity that exists in the practices of Muslims (followers of Islam) around the world. This entry briefly examines religion and gender roles and the diverse sociopolitical factors that affect the practice of Islam. The entry concludes with a discussion of areas for future research that is needed for greater understanding of Islam and gender.

Religion and Gender Roles

Gender roles are emphasized in the Koran (the sacred text of Muslims) through specific Koranic chapters (called suras); male and female pronouns are used for emphasis as well as for specific ...

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