Are all religions patriarchal?

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Are all religions patriarchal?


- It has not always been the case that women are subordinates in religion

- In many ancient religions; Egyptian and Greek, there are female godesses

Leila Ahmed (1992) and Helen Watson (1994) argue that:

- the veiling of women in some Muslim communities in Britain and some Islamic countries can be interpreted as a form of resisting patriarchy

- it provides an independant female and frees them from male harrassment

- the veil can also be seen as a symbol of female and ethnic identity and as a sign of Muslim pride in resistance to a patriarchal Western culture which treats women

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