Nonie Darwish: Perverted Islamic Feminism

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AFDI Geller Fellow Nonie Darwish explains why we won’t see any uprising of Muslim women calling for basic human rights:

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Many in the West are hopeful that Islam will undergo a reformation at the hands of Muslim women. That it is just a matter of time before Muslim women will wise up, figure out what must be done, and stand together in unity to march for their equality and human rights. That’s what happened with non-Muslim feminists in the West, so why not in the Middle East?

The answer is complicated, but unlike Western feminists, who had no legal obstacles and who became media and popular culture darlings, Muslim women are facing an impossible task: legal, religious, constitutional and cultural obstacles. Muslim women not only reject a Western-style feminist rebellion, but also never took any opportunity, even during the Arab Spring, to carry signs stating “End Sharia’s oppression of Women,” or “equal rights under the law for women.”

It is puzzling and inexplicable for the West to see Muslim women defending Sharia and Islam and even taking pride in wearing the Islamic head cover. Muslim women are not ashamed, and do not feel that they must explain their to silence regarding the rape of non-Muslim women and women of a different sects of Islam by Muslim men.

The West will understand the horrific culture of Islam regarding women if they apply principles of psychology, such as the Stockholm syndrome and PTSD.

For 1400 years, Islam has used women against each other, and that is another reason why Muslim women have not united to start a feminist movement.

An example of Islam’s use of women against other women happened recently in the Islamic State (ISIS), which created an all-female brigade for the purpose of apprehending civilian women who do not abide by Islamic law. The duties of that brigade are similar to the all-male virtue police in Saudi Arabia, but in the ISIS case, it is women who will arrest and apprehend other women. The all-female force has arrested women and schoolgirls, kept them locked up for hours, and even subjected some to whipping and humiliation for reasons such as showing hair from under a thin veil that does not meet proper Islamic standards.

Even within the Muslim family, distrust is prevalent because it is often the mothers and sisters who help and cover up for the men who commit honor killing of a woman within the family.

A feminist movement requires a degree of rebelliousness, but Islam closed that door of any hope for rebellion for women when the Quran condemned the rebellious woman by name. Islam gives the right to a husband to beat his rebellious wife, prevent her from leaving the house, and end her financial support. Muslim women are also encouraged and rewarded for shunning a rebellious woman.

It is the ultimate state of abuse when the slave is forbidden from rebelling or speaking out against a cruel master. A feminist movement within Islam without the approval of men is thus out of the question. All doors and windows are closed shut for women in Islam, under penalty of humiliation, beating and even death.

Over the centuries, Muslim women learned to cope with this horrific legal, religious and cultural burden placed on them, by adapting. In such an atmosphere, right becomes wrong and wrong becomes right, and the only way for a woman to be safe is to comply and express her pride in the Islamic bondage and learned helplessness.

Thus women in the Muslim world had no choice but develop survival tools and convoluted coping mechanisms similar to the Stockholm syndrome. They learned “if they can’t beat them join them,” and they had to improvise. So for Muslim women to achieve a certain level of power and respect, they learned never to defy their oppression, but to embrace it. They developed a warped and twisted sense of self, in which the self must be sacrificed for the sake of appearing obedient and proud to be a Muslim: a pride in bondage and high tolerance to oppression, not only on themselves but also towards other women.

Even today, educated Muslim women who consider themselves feminists support and defend Islam and sharia. Muslim feminist Linda Sarsour said: “I am a feminist and the reason I am a feminist is because I am a Muslim.”

Western institutions of higher learning have many eloquent and veiled academic Muslim feminists who defend Islam and Sharia. Over the years, Muslim women learned that defending Islam and Sharia would be very rewarding. Saudi Arabia and other Muslim nations always rewarded loyal Muslim women with prestigious positions in American academic institutions to teach Middle East studies or Islamic studies. Muslim nations especially like to hire Muslim women and also Christian Arabs to defend Islam in the West.

Many in the West believe that Islam will reform at the hands of women, but I disagree, because an Islamic reformation requires rebellion by both men and women, and preferably a miracle from God.

AFDI Geller Fellow Nonie Darwish is the author “The Devil We Don’t Know” and president of “Former Muslims United,” a program of the American Freedom Defense Initiative.

  • Julain Farmer
    • kookooracharabioso

      Everyone should read this link. Islam keeps population down. Islam is permanently self-policing. Islam is perfect for global governance. Islam eliminates many costs and complications for the ruling elite. Islam is our future unless we do something.

    • SJS

      You don’t mention what your view is. I recognize some of the other names on that site. Thank you.

      • Julain Farmer

        No point they keep removing it. They don’t like the above article or rather my comment on it…..As for the article above-“With fools even the gods contend in vain”…

    • Mxpctlk

      Very interesting and very plausible article. Thanks for posting the link.

    • harbidoll

      got it, read it, sent it, thanks

  • Mahou Shoujo

    Muslim women are conditioned from birth to be subservient, develop no sense of self worth or empowerment and violently subjugated to any male relatives word. The western feminists have abandoned them to their own devices, which they are denied because of islam and its insane illogical stance on humanity. It’s going to be an uphill fight to get muslim women to even acknowledge they are human and have dignity. Islam dos not respect itself, it cannot respect others.

  • itsthatguyagain

    One might well have made the same analysis of British Christian women 100 years ago, with the advent of the Women’s Patrols, all-female law enforcement units specifically tasked with, and limited to, enforcing standards of dress and limiting pathways of social activity, on women, during the Great War.

    Or of highly conservative women in the temperance/prohibition movement for whom a man’s sober place was in the home and not in the saloon cavorting with “fallen women.”

    This wishful spin, in aid of an established and scarcely related narrative about non-Muslim women, is neither informed, helpful, nor any particular endorsement of women’s capabilities.

    • Lana Voreskova

      It is easy to take simplistic one-sided views of history. British women 100 years ago were enormously privileged over men in many ways. Sure there were strict standards of behaviour imposed on women, but the same was true of men.

      If you want to talk about gender based oppression you must look at the whole picture, not just half of it. Men a hundred years ago were being shipped home minus their arms, their legs and for the most part their sanity. Most of those men did not have the vote and did not have a choice.

      Meanwhile a woman in Britain, who would never be expected to put herslef in any danger, could approach a random strange man on the street and publicly humiliate him, with absolute confidence than she would be able to walk away without any consequence to herself. It that is not privilege then I don’t know what is.

      I suggest we leave cherry-picking and historical revisionism to feminists.

      • itsthatguyagain

        Gee, Professor, even when (I think) we agree, you manage to scold me for being un-thorough, and you’re right. My point is, we could extract all kinds of memetically-reduced parallels out of any two events in history, and mold them to the same narratives, exactly by leaving out the significant differences such as the author has done here.

        I am as in favor of women in any cultural setting using their energies to better their own lot and those of the men and children around them, but it may well be that many Muslim women have far more power than we think over men, and use it in much the same way as a white feather was used in 1915, while other women patrolled English streets enforcing hemlines.

        • Lana Voreskova

          I apologise for throwing a straw man at you. I did not mean to suggest that you were using historical revisionism, just that it is something we should all guard against. I agree with what you are saying though.

          • itsthatguyagain

            We’re good, S; it’s just always been such fun rattling each others’ cage, hasn’t it? Keeps us both on our toes, I say.

            We live in an age of real-time revisionism, with the deeper meaning of every event in the public eye revealed predictably to us all by competing factions, within seconds of their occurrence, with a background knowledge that they may well not have occurred at all.

            Friends who help us stay real are worth ten thousand “news” items, and a million analyses of them, telling us what we think and how we feel about all reality.

    • nonie

      One difference though, Christianity never had a legal system that gave little rights to women and allowed their husbands to beat them and the village to stone them if they are perceived to misbehave sexually or otherwise

    • SJS

      Maybe you have a point for posting. I don’t see it.

      • itsthatguyagain

        Well, God knows I am no fan of the House of Saud, of their regime or Islam. But I doubt that the high-minded moralism of western feminists and academics, and the hand-wringing critiques handed down from the lofty heights of the UN, are bound to have the desired suburban middle class outcome.

        All this talk about “reforming Islam” is merely thinly-veiled militarism disguised as compassionate humanism. I am a tad surprised, though I know I shouldn’t be, to see a “conservative” column on Muslim women so packed with the dogmas of the Hillary Doctrine.

        Whatever tag you stick on it, a Crusade, is a Crusade. I expect Muslim women have some ideas of their own what they want, and ditching their faith is probably not among them. Not without a fight, which is what I think conservatives punditry calls for in its own heroic self-image, out of habit by now.

  • Lana Voreskova

    A close look at the Islamic societies of the ninth century middle-east or Moorish Spain tells us that women in the Muslim world had much greater freedoms and opportunity comparable to men than they do today. While Christianity has become generally more tolerant and more respectful of individual freedoms, Islam has generally regressed towards medieval barbarity.

    • Tiina

      The so called ‘Golden age of islam’ happened as a result of it’s previous rapid, violent expansions and the acquiring of goods and land. In those days the koran was not yet widely distributed and hence, people didn’t take islam as seriously as they do today. Heck, even just 50 years ago moslem women had it better than today in many places, such as Iran, Egypt and Afganistan.

  • Michael Copeland

    The idea of a reformed Islam, a West-compatible Islam is wishful thinking, a hope.
    The Koran permits no change, on penalty of death (by anyone).
    As the Marines say, Hope is not a plan.

  • itsthatguyagain

    It can’t POSSIBLY be a coincidence, that on the very day this article runs,

    we also have this:

    http://hppr.org/post/saudi-women-baby-steps-world-democracy

    “It’s election season in Saudi Arabia, and for the first time, women can vote and campaign for seats on local municipal councils. More than 900 women have put themselves forward as candidates. The ballot is next week, in a small and limited step towards democracy.”

    Hmmm.

    • Nonie

      Women vote in Egypt, but voting will not change the Islamic legal system that oppresses women. Remember Saudi Arabia abolished slavery in 1962 out of embarrassment from the West, but their treatment of workers at home and work is worse than slavery.

  • JoJo

    Where’s Huma?

  • bargogx1

    I think what Linda Sarsour really means is that she’s pretending to be a feminist, and the reason she’s pretending to be a feminist is because she’s a Muslim, and she’s hoping to convert some gullible infidel feminists.

    • SJS

      Converting someone into islam is the highlight of a muslim’s life.

  • William Di Gennaro

    “The fact that in muhammadan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property – either as a child, a wife, or a concubine – must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith if Islam has ceased to be a power among men.”
    Winston Churchill, “The River War”, 1899.

    • William Di Gennaro

      “…faith of Islam….”

  • Nico Kazan

    A typical Isalmic freakshow. Only this time the aliens are from Earth and paradoxically many aliens from space are frendlier than those headbags. They are like freaky figures on totalitarian carnival which is completely in contrast with Venetian carnival which expresses diversity.

  • Elisheva

    I believe that Ayaan Hirsi Ali feels there can be a reformation. First we must defeat them.
    Wikipedia
    “In a 2007 article in Reason magazine, Hirsi Ali said that Islam, the religion, must be defeated and that “we are at war with Islam. And there’s no middle ground in wars.”[3] She said, “Islam, period. Once it’s defeated, it can mutate into something peaceful. It’s very difficult to even talk about peace now. They’re not interested in peace…There comes a moment when you crush your enemy.”[3] She reiterated her position that the problem it isn’t just a few “rotten apples” in the Islamic community but “I’m saying it’s the entire basket.” She stated that the majority of Muslims aren’t “moderates” …” ”

    Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now by Harper Publications (March 2015). Hirsi Ali makes a case that a religious reformation is the only way to end the terrorism, sectarian warfare, and repression of women and minorities that each year claim thousands of lives throughout the Muslim world.

  • Elisheva

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