In most of the Western world, the image of Muslim women is often distorted. Muslim women have been represented as homogeneous, veiled, submissive, helpless, oppressed and powerless victims.
Across Europe, countries are placing bans on veils on the grounds that they are symbols of oppression against Muslim women.
The construction and representation of Muslim women as being in need of saving, according to Lila Abu-Lughod in her book Do Muslim Women Need Saving?, is problematic. Western media often gloss over the wealth of diversity Muslim women possess with regard to cultures, languages, opinions and the spectrum of faith.
There are 1.6 billion Muslims in the world, half of them women.… Seguir leyendo »