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  •  The men who use the Koran to justify oppressing (6+ / 0-)
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    women are the same sort who use the Bible to justify oppressing the poor.

    It doesn't take any sort of theological sophistication. Read what they actually said and it is clear that both Jesus and Mohammed were feminists and socialists for their time. The layers of interpretation that have grown up over the millenia are designed to hide the simple truth about what they said.

    •  Clear to us - but in a different context? (4+ / 0-)

      It's easy to see this, perhaps, from our perspective.  

      But I'm interested in how Muslims, and especially Muslim women, many of whom are illiterate and living in a very different informational context than us, can get to a place where they can even "read what they actually said", and feel that it's OK to question and think for oneself.  Same question for women in other religions, where their particular brand tells them that they have limitations that men do not.  How does religious literacy happen for those women?

      I think working from inside the system becomes important to effect this kind of change.

      •  The church suppressed the Bible during (2+ / 0-)
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        the Middle Ages because it didn't want ordinary people to get confused by reading it. When people started translating it and later printing it all hell broke loose. It seems that many traditional Muslim cultures have the same attutide toward their women.

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