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Religious traditions vs religious truths

Notre Dame, Indiana   /   Tue, December 5, 2017   /  02:42 pm
Religious traditions vs religious truths A student recites the Quran outdoors with an oil lamp at Mojosongo, Surakarta, Central Java, on June 11. (JP/Maksum Nur Fauzan)

The recent sexual harassment allegations against two famous Muslim scholars, the American Nouman Ali Khan and Tariq Ramadan, serve as a ghastly reminder for us that the female body remains a mere object in religious teachings. This means three things. First, women are reduced to their biological functions, as reflected in the general view on polygamy in Muslim communities, considered a valid mechanism to satisfy men, and in the never-ending controversy over the right to abortion in the Catholic Church. Second, women are denied the authority to form doctrines and dogma; and third, an assumption that women must conform to stereotypes formed by patriarchal religious doctrines are enforced and maintained by male clerics. In the context of the Catholic Church, these boxes frame the sinful Eve or Mary, a mother yet a virgin. In contemporary Islam, the choice is between a complacent hi...

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