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The Equality of Men and Women in the Koran

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This chapter focuses on whether or not women are treated equally in the Koran. The Koran guarantees fundamental rights without reserving them to men alone. These rights are so deeply rooted in our human nature that their denial or violation is tantamount to a negation or degradation of that which make us human. Orphans and women captured in war were usually exploited in that society, so the Koran allowed polygamy so that every woman could enjoy her right to marriage rather than remain a concubine for good. Many Islamic legal codes allow a man to marry up to four wives simultaneously. The Koran has given women equal rights in all spheres of life. Nonetheless, some verses of the Koran have been interpreted out of their proper Koranic and social contexts. Many Islamic statutory laws of Muslim states are based on this type of interpretation and are expressly discriminatory towards women.

Keywords: Islamic statutory laws; Koranic concept; polygamy

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