The empirical social science study of Muslim societies in multiple geographic regions suggests that the number of women in Muslim has grown voluminous in the past two decades. Their number accounts to half a billion of the total number of women in the world. Monolithic stereotypes of Muslim women have prevailed for a long period. Gender system influences the increase in gender-based inequalities that are experienced by a significant number of the women in Muslim societies. Different community settings have discouraged equal rights among women for a long period, such as the Muslim world. Women have always tried to improve their conditions and position imposed upon them; however, it has been thwarted in different areas, such as Saudi Arabia. Muslims do not depend on the outside world owing to the firm believes of the people. Their condition in the society suggests that they live like strangers and are killed in their lands as portrayed by the book. Today’s world requires better and developed policies to reduce such inequities against one gender.
The Islamic interpretation about women considers them as inequities. However, there is diversity in the way they are regarded based on the geographical settings, i.e. in ancient Egypt they were allowed to become queens and influential personas. The author establishes ways in which women tend to problems and unequal privileges, as well as mistreatment still prevails in modern times. Ferraris shows their lives in the closed culture. They are regarded as mere toys for enjoyment among men, i.e. during sex. The character in the book suggests that women lose their dignity due to less community intervention measures (Ferraris, 2012). The author maintains the condition of women in the society through the people involved in the setting. Women values are misused by the society rather than providing them with better lives and understanding. I believe the society does not offer the required concern on the treatment of women in the community settings (Ferraris, 2012)
The female virtues face increased influence from the male dominated world in all concepts. Segregation of all forms is evident within the settings of the Muslim community. I think it is unsound and inhuman. Therefore, better protection is needed rather than being used as tools to enhance male control. Muslim women tend to form Islamic feminism, which can be compared to the women of color. I feel that the submissive requirement is too harsh for the Muslim women, and it bars them from making independent choices. The laws provide more rights to women and limit men’s privileges. Women are denied their rights, which are inhumane, as they continue to be mistreated by the men, i.e. the serial killer (Ferraris, 2012).
Muslim women tend to experience significant challenges despite their rights being well explained in the Islamic law. I believe the notion that women are inferior in the society still lingers in the minds of the community members. The women’s position has remained intact despite the development in technology. Traditional Muslims regard the current changes as anti-Islamic and a threat to their cultural values, as a result, they establish conflicts between balancing the demands of women in the society and maintain the Muslim traditions (Ferraris, 2012). Their holy scripture develops ways of handling different situations, such discrimination, and provides the individual rights. Conditions faced by women suggest that the law plays an insignificant role as they continue to suffer in silence. Individual values must always prevail despite the religious or ethnic background as everyone deserves a better life (Ferraris, 2012).
Ferraris, Z (2012). The Kingdom of Strangers. San Francisco; Little, Brown Publishers.