Thursday, September 29, 2005

Making Muslims love us

Suzanne Fields explains why Karen Hughes has her work cut out for her.

Women are a dilemma for Islam. Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the Turkish Republic, urged his country in the 1920s to fully emancipate women, arguing that the Turks would never catch up with the rest of the world if they modernized only half the population. He was right, but the task hasn't been easy, nor is it complete. "The emancipation of women, more than any other single issue, is the touchstone of difference between modernization and Westernization," writes Bernard Lewis, the Middle Eastern scholar, in his book, "What Went Wrong." He continues: "The emancipation is Westernization; for both traditional conservatives and radical fundamentalists it is neither necessary nor useful, but noxious, a betrayal of true Islamic values." As a result, even where many Muslim women enjoy liberation misogynist practices continue, and even follow fundamentalist Muslim emigrants to Europe, particularly to Germany and the Netherlands.

Read the whole thing, here.


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