Gender Studies II
EN2012 – Winter 2011 – Terry Goldie
Lecture 8 – ‘The Translator’ – Mar 3
Freedom vs. Justice
- About the justice society and religion in society.
- The idea of justice is really about freedom – our idea of justice tends to be what
inhibits freedom the least.
- When we see something that is unjust, it is often something that allows one
person to inhibit the freedom of someone else.
- The people of the book – have a quoted understanding of the world – there is a
text that explains the world to them.
- Secular societies – common sense.
- Religious societies – faith and morality, WWJD.
- Morality is essential as a religious concept.
- Religion gives you truth in a way that nothing else gives you truth – if you have
faith you have a larger truth.
- Ray says ‘this is a real belief’ – religious belief.
- There is an essence to you that presides your existence which is God – it
precedes you and shapes everything about you.
- Your decisions have to be made in accordance to that larger truth.
- There are constant discussions about the hijab and people who wear it and don’t.
- It’s controversial.
- Is a statement of that truth – it quotifies your life in order to fit that truth.
- Ray thought of the hijab as secretive in a positive sense.
- Public prayer – a sense of affirmation in your prayer.
- The truth of your religion comes from god – but is affirmed by public prayer.
o A part of everything.
- It’s a kind of fatalism – when her husband dies.
- The idea of God having an absolute control over everything and having a control
over things that may go badly.
- Triangle: a man, a woman and god.
- Allah is not something that comes between them but something that completes
- She knows that unless her triangle is completed it’s not possible to have that
relationship because religion is so important to her. Sense of Home
- Ray – Scotland.
- Rays’ home is not a positive place – the relationships with his daughter and his
wife – there isn’t much sense of home.
- When summer goes she thinks her life is there but that is not an answer.
- Our religion is not a religion without suffering – our religion has no place.
- Islam is so place centric – 9/11 – the assumption is that Islam is about Middle
- Religions don’t have a place, religions are about God and they are about a larger
- ‘Women get stoned for adultery’.
- Gives you a judicial system that reflects the justice.
- It imposes t