Sex Roles, Vol. 51, Nos. 5/6, September 2004 ( 2004) Florence L. Denmark I hope you—the readers—of this issue of Sex manner. Speciﬁcally, Islam is often judged based Roles learned as much about Islam as Phyllis Katz on the biased and inhumane practices imposed on and I did. Sue Rosenberg Zalk, a concerned and women in many Muslim-dominated countries. How- dedicated scholar, and a caring feminist, would have ever, it is necessary to assess the culture and history been proud to have this publication dedicated to her. of the nations in which these practices occur in order We thank the Editor of Sex Roles, Joan Chrisler, for to recognize that Islam, the religion, is innocent of encouraging and accepting this special issue. the heinous crimes for which it is blamed. Many Muslim women identify Islamic feminism, Contrary to popular belief, when Islam was ini- or gender sensitivity, as the mission of communi- tially adopted as a religion in the seventh century, it cating and promoting the practice of Qur’anically signiﬁcantly improved the manner in which women mandated gender equality and social justice. Islamic were treated. Unfortunately, over the years, through feminism derives its insight and direction from the misinterpretation
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