Roles of men and women in Islam

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  • Roles of men and women
    • In traditional Muslim families women are expected to take care of the home and children
      • Men are expected to support their wives
        • "Men are in charge of women..."
    • Acceptable for women to seek education and go out to work
      • Gender roles have changed since the holy books were written
    • Mothers have high status
      • "your mother, again your mother, again your mother, and then your father"
      • Important for them to pass the teachings of Ilam onto their children
    • Other religions
      • In Christianity, men and women have equal roles in the family
        • But..."Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord"
      • Women are treated differently in church
        • No women priests in Roman Catholic or Orthadox churches
      • In Jewish families, women have clear roles
        • Women light the candle in the Shabbat meal while the men bless it

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