Why Do People Tend To Have A One Dimensional View Of Muslim Women?

Who founded the oldest existing first degree-awarding university?

Fatima al-Fihri.

She founded The University of Al Quaraouiyine in Morocco in 859 CE. [1]

“Muslim women are oppressed, deprived of education, and treated like sheep,” a Facebook friend said to me.

In fact, I’ve also seen this one dimensional view in the real world whenever I happen to fall into a conversation about Islam. Especially Muslim women.

There are two reasons behind it:

  • Islamophobia: Islamophobia is now a global market amounts to $206 million. [2] To have people—including Muslims—develop hatred towards Islam, they create anti-islamic websites with deceiving names. WikiIslam is one of the most visited one. It has articles like “Oppression of Women in Islam” and “100 contradiction in Qur’an”. It’s just that they are easily refutable and badly researched. [3] However, they are still enough to shape this one dimensional view.

  • Alienation of Islamic History: The literature on the Islamic history, including the Ottoman empire that witnessed its golden age, is highly underestimated. There is an ardent need to have it available in the common mainstream media the way we have platforms like Buzzfeed that has a huge audience base. Other than Algebra, there is a huge contribution of Muslim women in Science, Medicine, Mathematics, and Technology. [4]

What can be done to solve this?

Often times we refrain ourselves from speaking because we think our voice won’t make a difference.

It’s important to understand the the biggest of changes have been brought by smallest of people.

People who weren’t born with a silver spoon in their mouth.

People who weren’t born in a grand family or associated with a grand society.

People who were normal. People who suffered for speaking the truth but they still did.

Who else is a better example than Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)

Ahmad Khan

I have no blood in my veins. I have ink.

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