Women in the Muslim world

The status of women in the Muslim world is a source of frequent criticism against Islam.

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Islam fact #1: Muhammad permitted husbands to beat their wives

The Qur’an allows (or, perhaps, commands) men to beat their wives into subservience. If a wife doesn’t listen to her husband, the husband should admonish her.

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Islam fact #4: It is acceptable for men to rape their female captives

The Qur’an permits Muslims to have sex with their female captives and slaves

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Islam fact #2: Muhammad proclaimed the inferiority of women's intellectual abilities

According to Muhammad, women lack common sense because their minds are deficient. Of course, this declaration didn’t go unchallenged.

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Islam facts - assessment

Muhammad improved the lives of certain women in Arabia in some ways. However, Muslims sometimes use this fact as evidence of Muhammad’s prophethood. Such an argument is absurd.

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Islam fact #3: Women's prospects for the afterlife are extremely bleak

Muhammad offered women little hope for the afterlife. Indeed, he clearly states that most of the inhabitants of hell are women who were ungrateful to their husbands (though he never suggests that ungrateful husbands will receive similar punishment).

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