As human beings, we are women or men according to our biological sex given by birth. Moreover, we are exposed to some references for our being feminine or masculine in the society. These responsibilities, roles and duties are called gender and gender causes some limits in the life of women and men, but especially for women. The inequalities stemming from these gender roles may lead women stay behind men in the fields such as education, health, law, religion, etc. One of these limits, religion, is claimed to keep women in the background and even ignore them from immemorial times with the effect of patriarchy. What lies in the ground of these claims is the misinterpretation of the sacred texts by men. This study carried out with a qualitative method as descriptive analyses, aims at revealing Islamic Feminism. In this context firstly general information about feminism was given. Then the paradoxal structure and the progress of Islamic Feminism were put forth. During this study, some answers to the questions as whether the concepts Islam and Feminism can coexist and whether Islam sets women to the secondary position were also sought. As a conclusion one of the points that were enlightened is that it is possible to use the concepts of Islam and Feminism which were regarded as being paradoxal. The concepts “Gender jihad”, used widely in literature and “re-reading of the Islamic sources”, one of the main aims of Islamic Feminism, were taken metaphorically to make the issue more understandable. Another point is that contrary to the judgments that declare Islam subordinates women do not exist in Islam. The reason for these kinds of explanations stems from the different traditions of Islamic countries.
Gender, feminism, Islamic Feminism
|Yazar :||Senem GÜRKAN - Yaşar BARUT|