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My guess as to who is endangering Arab women

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Submitted by Dave (United States), Mar 3, 2022 at 17:16

I haven't read the book, so this is just a guess, but I bet that the authors are referring to the hatred and persecution of Arab women by right wing xenophobic Western conservative types. Speculating further, I also would guess that such topics as the repression of Arab women under gender-discriminatory aspects of Sharia law, such as reduced inheritance vis a vis males, modesty strictures, permitted wife beating and various limits on independent activity are given short shrift. In addition, there are the ugly aspects of Islamic culture, such as polygamy, FGM, coercion in head covering in Islamist countries and honor killing.
Certainly the repression of women in Islamic culture is a serious and compelling topic. As for the West, Muslim women are far better off, and have more freedom. As for hatred, hate crime statistics in the US show that Jews are by far the biggest victims, much more than Muslims.
One reason that Arabic-speaking Christians outnumber Muslims in the US is that many non-Muslims have fled Muslim lands to escape religious repression and discrimination. Then many of them join the ranks of those right wing conservative bad guys who are so problematic and hard to label.


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