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SOC 885
Amina Jamal

Muhammed the Legacy of a ProphetIs a documentary film about the life of Islamic prophet Muhammed based on historical records and on the stories of living American Muslims who call Muhammed the messenger of god Documentary tells the story of seventh century prophet who changed world history in 23 years and continues to shape the lives of more than 12 peoplethis story has passed down from generations to generationsbasically a story about a merchant husband father statesman and warrior whom they considered the final prophet Leila Ahmed Egyptian American writer on islamargued that the relationship between women and islam has become politicized because of the history of colonialism and the nationalist struggles in muslim societies against colonialism colonialism is basically the control or governing influence of a nation over a dependant country territory or peoplesaid that androcentrism and misogyny are problems of western womens as wellAndrocentrism is thinking mens way is the best masculinity and maleness is the best wayMisogyny is a general hatred for women there is a generalized hatred for women said that why is it other women also have problems that arent automatically assumed to be connected to their culturereligionMuslim women have been offered the solution to adopt practices from other cultures colonalism has to do with politics and male power many times the colonizers agree with the control over women and give the men all the control colonalism is a policy in which a country rules other nations and develops trade for its own benefits Canada was a colony of Britain took overland and developed a fur trade for the benefit of the colonizing country Ahmeds main argument is that we need to look at history in order to understand why womens problems are always framed as a matter of modernity vs tradition islam vs the west Edward Said argues that modern Western thought the West and East as 2 opposite civilizationsThey are geopolitically oppsedWestindividualism democracy progressEastsocially backward staticCultural opposites H Hoodfar says there is no specific recommendations of the form or practice of veiling in the Quran says that veiling is a lived experience full of multiple meanings also says muslim women like all other women are social actors employing reforming and changing existing social institutions the static colonial image of oppressed veiled muslim this often contrasts sharply with womens lived experience of veiling hoodfar does not consider the veil to be liberating or oppressive She gives examples of both sides she states how mainly the western influence have the view that women are oppressed
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