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Islamic thought on women's role must be reconsidered, Jesuit scholar argues

March 02, 2010

The radical inequality of women in the Islamic world can only change if Muslims learn to re-think the message of the Qu'ran, argues Father Samir Khalil Samir, the Jesuit specialist on Islamic thought. Observing that the inequality of women is most pronounced in the societies where Islam is strongest, Father Samir says that the teachings of the Qu'ran need to be reinterpreted in light of modern thought. "For at least seven centuries, no one has done so: thinking has been blocked," he says.


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