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Anyway, inequality in Islam? Really?
Islam has forbidden the practice of burying girls alive at that time. Islam has made it a requirement that both men and women get education.
Some more below:
'According to the Quran, men and women have the same spirit, there is no superiority in the spiritual sense between men and women. [Noble Quran 4:1, 7:189, 42:11]'
'In the area of economic rights, we have to remember that in Europe until the 19th century, women did not have the right to own their own property. When they were married, either it would transfer to the husband or she would not be able to dispense of it without permission of her husband. In Britain, perhaps the first country to give women some property rights, laws were passed in the 1860's known as "Married Women Property Act." More than 1300 years earlier, that right was clearly established in Islamic law.'
'At the time of marriage, it is the duty of the husband, not the bride's family. He is supposed to pay for a marital gift. The Quran called it a gift, and it is exclusively the right of the woman. She doesn't have to spend it on the household, she doesn't have to give it to her father or anyone else.'
'If the woman has any earnings during her marital life, by way of investments of her property or as a result of work, she doesn't have to spend one penny of that income on the household, it is entirely hers.'
You can find the rest here: http://www.islamswomen.com/articles/do_m...rights.php
Also, I was born and have lived my entire life in the UAE (Muslim country) in the Middle East. I went to the best schools and universities in the country, have worked at the one of the biggest companies in the world and I can go on and on but i have never felt oppressed or discriminated against. In fact, I feel respected. Whenever I need to get some papers done in the government offices, usually there would be a place for women to get their work done fast (so does the banks and other offices) but if there wasn't, the men standing in the row would let me pass them all to finish my papers as soon as possible. If some guy made an inappropriate comment and made me uncomfortable, I can easily go to any police officer and they would detain him based on my testimony. Sexual harassment is a huge offense here. I can go on and on with the examples.
With regards to hijab, some people might find it oppressive but it is not. I am not covered myself but I believe the hijab is modest and I envy the girls wearing it for their will and courage. What I am against is forcing it which does not happen anywhere in the Middle East except in Saudi Arabia.
I can give you examples all you want but Islam gave women their rights. On applying it to the rest of the world? Well, to each its own, no one can force anything upon anyone.