Women In the Qur’an • In the Qur’an, Allah warns the people of women • Allah also states women in the positive sense • Women believe the problem is the interpretation, not in the teachings of Allah
Islamic Women • Many uncomfortable talking about feminism, believe it’s a Western feeling • Men and Women have different roles and rules • Spiritual values, not Godly • Feel liberated by the veil • Don’t believe in equal rights
Western Women • Believe the plights of women in the Middle East appear tenuous • Believe in equal rights and feminist movements • Able to dress freely • Equal to men • Have freedom • Women have individual choices to make
Islamic Extremists-Taliban • Women are beat if they are caught talking in public, or showing skin • Female circumcision • Banned from school only allowed in public with close male relative • Can’t work • No access to healthcare
Iran, Revolution and Khomeini • Khomeini led the Islamic revolution because he perceived himself as the avenger of humiliations • Khomeini also banned all western music because it “dulls” the mind with happiness and ecstasy • Because of Sharia law, a Fatwa was declared on Salman Rushdie
Islamic Resurgence and Western Culture • Most people do not want to adopt technology • Most Muslim people are opposed to Western values • Some Muslims believe the West dominates them • Islamicist Muslims are making a resurgence • Islam is making a comeback in society
Sharia Law, Fundamentalist Approach • Sharia Law is when the written law, like the Qur’an and Hadith are made into civil law, exactly as it is written • Extremists want to replace civil law with Sharia law • Over time, it has been elaborated on by schools of law to fit into life
Terrorism • Terrorists make up a very small part of Islam • Osama Bin Laden is one of the most famous terrorists • Some terrorism is caused because many Muslims feel that America is Anti-Islam
Early History: 1948-1967 • First Arab-Israeli war began on May 14, 1948 • Israeli’s managed to occupy the Negev • Palestinians say Israeli’s forced them out at gunpoint • Approximately 150,000 Arabs remained in Israel after the Independence war
The Hamas and Extremists • Hamas is an acronym that stands for Islamic Resistance Movement (in English) • The Hamas is a Jihadi movement (fighting for a holy purpose) • Hamas mostly is outside Israel, but some Israeli Arabs join it and help perform terrorist acts
Israeli-Arabs’ Complaints About their Civil Right Violations • Some Arab-Muslims say that their human rights are denied and that they feel like second class citizens in Israel • They also say they are discriminated and if there is trouble, Arabs are the first to be blamed • Some say they want to be an equal part of the Israeli society but preserve their Arab identity
Arabs Today In Israel • Arabs make up about 18% of the population-about 1,057,800 out of a total of about 5,757,900 people • They are full citizens of the state, meaning they have the right to vote and they were guaranteed equal religious and civil rights with the Jews
Islam in the West • Islam is a fast growing religion all around the world, but mostly in Britain, America and France • There are over 6,000,000 Muslims in the US • The US practices religious freedom in pluralistic societies that embrace many different religions
Terrorism in the US • Because of so many Muslims in the West there have been many media stereotypes. • Certain Muslims have been found guilty of terrorist acts in the U.S. and Europe in the name of Middle Eastern “Islamicist” causes.
Manners And Social Interaction • Extremely orthodox Muslims in America have certain do’s and don’ts when it comes to social interaction. • But more Liberal Muslims are just like normal Americans only their skin is a different color.
U.S. vs. Iran Soccer Game in Southern California • On Sunday January 16 the American soccer team played Iran in the American Rose Bowl. • This game is being refered to as the diplomacy bowl. • It was a tie game of 1-1.