Status of Women in Arab Culture



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Status of Women in Arab Culture

As Western woman appreciates her position in the society where there is no comprehensible divergence between a woman and a man, an Arab woman is uncontrollably oppressed by the culture, which is profoundly ingrained in the society. The ancient Arabic culture has to the highest degree contributed to the coercion of an Arab woman as keenly explained in this piece of writing.

The patriarchal domination has sharply developed the foundation in which an Arabic woman’s status is discriminated. The administrations, for instance, in Iran and Saudi Arabia have overlooked the issue of gender and are very unenthusiastic to take in hand this flaming concern in view of the fact that they want to uphold their status quo. The Arabic woman’s social status has persistently remained low right from her residence, learning institutions and as a final point in matrimony. It all over again begins from marriage flipside to the social order. Discrimination and male chauvinism in Arabic world may be termed as a circular progression. Incredibly few women have dared fighting back. The question is can they win? How is it possible? Where will they get the bravery?

According to the Arabic culture, men are reputed to be superior to their female matching part. Males are alleged to be the favorite sex and enjoy immeasurable freedom even in the public. Male child is ideal than feminine. In fact, a man would be disappointed if he gets a male baby. Men are encouraged to marry as many wives as they can care for to amplify their probability of having a male child. The female sex would at times receive grave resistance even from their own husbands for bearing female children (Samovar, Porter & McDanie 64).

In some cultures, such as in Iran, marriage was more of a business done by the female father and the groom without informing the bride. A man would organize for dowry devoid of the daughter’s consent. Feminine youngster was offered for marriage while still young. In addition, women are not allowed to socialize, actually, women go to separate mosques and madras as to avoid mingling with men. Women, in some Arabic cultures are not allowed to work in the midst of their male counterparts. Moreover, wives are believed to totally give in to their men. Traditionally, men are contemplated to be working as women stay behind to nature and care for the home. Women, in some Arabic culture are deemed to be sex objects (Samovar, Porter & McDanie 64).

The Arabic woman code of dressing is predetermined by their culture. Although human being should dress decently, the question of what to wear should not be answered by a certain authority or religion. Arabic woman is required to dress in loose trousers that, in my opinion, are to validate their low class in the public. Additionally, women are mandated to dress in dark fit out and cover their heads to symbolize their seclusion from men.

Line should be keenly be drawn between religion and culture when handling the women issues in Arabic world. The influence of background and folklore on women has strongly outshined the Islamic creed. This is warranted by the prevailing ruling male groups who try as much as possible to avoid western sway on their women by forcing their patriarchal culture.

Works Cited

Samovar, Porter, and Mcdaniel. Communication between Cultures. Belmont, Calif: Wadsworth, 2009. Print.