Episode 69: Islamic Principles #24: Men & Women
This was a hard episode for me to put together. There is so much back-and-forth today about issues of gender relations, how Islam treats women, inherit inequality of the Sharia towards women, etc. While this is not traditionally a first principle jurists speak of, I believe strongly that we need to include to help weed out practices that are not compatible with our belief system. Hopefully this will be just a beginning to a longer conversation.
“ created you from a single soul” (7:189)
“when the girl child asks by what right was I killed” (81:8)
“no soul bears the sins of another” (35:18)
“for the man double the share of the women” (4:11)
Follow my sunna and the sunna of the rightly guided caliphs. Hold to it with your molar teeth!” (Tirmidhi)
Responding from the Tradition
Understanding the Muslim Mind
If we could take all of Islamic intellectual history, what sort of patterns and principles could we deduce? More importantly, if we found someone who actually knew all this information, what would they look like, think like, talk like, etc.?
In The Clock of the Long Now, Stewart Brand argues that religion is one of the most durable institutions of civilization that helps ground us all in timeless values. In his concept of the forces of innovation (rapidly changing) and durability (slow changing) of civilization, religion would definitely be amongst the more slow adapting forces.MORE