What Does Sharia (Law) Say About Homosexuals, Women, and Non-Muslims?

How about the treatment of women? This tome goes into great detail about engagement, marriage and divorce, inheritance, leaving the home without a male chaperone, the custody of children, etc. However, in each discussion of the subject, women are clearly inferior to men.

The Quran, in fact, says so in Surah 4:34: "Men have authority over women because God has made the one superior to the other, and because they spend their wealth to maintain them. Good women are obedient. They guard their unseen parts because God has guarded them. As for those from whom you fear disobedience, admonish them and forsake them in beds apart, and beat them." Beat them.

Yes, it commands Muslim men to beat their wives if they "disobey." As far as I know, the Quran is the only book of the world's major religions that actually commands or allows men to beat their wives.

And Sharia supports this treatment. "Men are the guardians of women, since Allah has been more generous to one than the other, and because of what they spend from their wealth," Reliance of the Traveler states. "So righteous women will be obedient, and in absence watchful, for Allah is watchful. And if you fear their intractability, warn them, send them from bed, or hit them. But if they obey you, seek no way to blame them."

The book also includes these rather one-sided passages (pages 681-682):

Allah will not look at a woman who is ungrateful to her husband, while unable to do without him.

When a man calls his wife to his bed and she will not come, and he spends the night angry with her, the angels curse her until morning.

Whoever leaves her husband's house [without his permission], the angels curse her until she returns or repents.

It is a condition for the permissibility of her going out that she take no measures to enhance her beauty, and that her figure is concealed or altered to a form unlikely to draw looks from men or attract them.

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