The Status of Women in Islam
In the West, Islam is believed to be the symbol of the subordination of women par excellence. In order to understand how firm this belief is, it is enough to mention that the Minister of Education in France, the land of Voltaire, has recently ordered the expulsion of all young Muslim women wearing the veil from French schools! A young Muslim student wearing a headscarf is denied her right of education in France, while a Catholic student wearing a cross or a Jewish student wearing a skullcap is not. The scene of French policemen preventing young Muslim women wearing headscarves from entering their high school is unforgettable. It inspires the memories of another equally disgraceful scene of Governor George Wallace of Alabama in 1962 standing in front of a school gate trying to block the entrance of black students in order to prevent the desegregation of Alabama's schools.
Doesn't matter if you agree with the author or not, you will definitely learn something
The book is very illustrative. It takes a shot at many issues and discusses them from the point of view of all religions. It allows non-Muslims to u understand Islam as it relates to topics concerned by their religion. Most importantly, it defined the role of women in all religions. More specifically it provided a set of standards that all men should uphold towards the treatment of women in general. The book presented a wide variety of data and statistics, which gives a more realistic touch vs relying on theory only.
Nice book to read, it definitely opened my eyes to a lot of problem facing Islamic and western societies today.