There are many common misconceptions about the role of women in Islam. Many believe that women have few, if any, rights under Islam. Misperceptions about the role of women in Islam are common because of media portrayal and also because of the great significance that has traditionally been placed on male biased interpretations of Islam. Many important verses regarding women in the Quran have been interpreted by those with a male biased agenda. Also, many rely on outdated interpretations of Islam that have not been adjusted to conform with present day social, political and economic conditions. In recent years, however, many scholars and historians have begun to re-examine these outdated ideals, and a closer examination of Islam and the Quran reveal that Islam favors women's rights.
Unlike other popular beliefs, Islam does not blame Eve alone for the First Sin. The Quran makes it very clear that both Adam and Eve were tempted; that they both sinned, that God's pardon was granted to both after their repentance; and that God addressed them jointly.
(Quran 2:35-36; 7:19, 27; 20:117-123).
Under Islamic law, woman have been given the right to contract, to conducbusiness, and to earn and possess property independently. The Quran notes that women "shall be legally entitled to their share" (Quran 4:7) and that "to men is allotted what they earn, and to women what they earn" (Quran 4:3). Marriage has no effect on a woman's legal status, her property, her earnings or even on her name (Quran, 5:83; 24:2). Islam does not require that a woman change her maiden name to that of her husband's once she is married. In this way, she is able to keep her own identity.
The Quran also emphasizes that all of humanity is equal under the eyes of God. Men and women...