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Posted on: March 31, 2013

Instead of actually learning this week, we watched a documentary and half of another Iranian movie. Okay, I can’t completely say that I didn’t learn anything from the documentary. The documentary was pretty boring, as promised, but it did have some
interesting statistics. It took a multitude of polls on different subjects in Muslim-majority countries, in turn destroying many stereotypes held about Muslims. One of the biggest stereotypes destroyed, I think, was the fact that Islam does not oppress its women. When men in these Muslim-majority countries were questioned as to whether they would want a woman to work in a profession that she is qualified in, most of these men said that they would want her to, basically disproving that stereotype. The movie that we began watching has proved to be quite depressing so far, especially when the woman lost her baby due to the push. However, what I thought was pretty interesting was that she was more offended by the fact that the man called her a thief than by the fact that
he killed her baby. I honestly can’t say that I would feel the same way as her. Maybe it’s just a cultural thing, but I still feel like that’s an intense statement to make.

In response to runswithflyingmonkeys, I also found it shocking that the media overplays the amount of militants in Islam. If the media is able to blow this fact out of proportion, it really shows how deceptive and unreliable the media can be. Even growing up in a Muslim family, learning about the hijab always interests me as well. Wearing the hijab is all about modesty. Like you said, it is meant to cover up the exterior in order for people to focus on the interior. I personally think that the idea of hijab is based on beautiful logic.

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#9

Posted on: March 31, 2013

This week in class we watched two films.The movies were about women in Islam and post 9/11 life for Muslims in the United States. The movie described women’s rights and way of life. The documentary did a good job defining terms that have become extremely negative terms in the United States, Jihad and Shariah.The films were very informative and cleared up common misconceptions that exist in the United States about Islam life,culture and religion. The timing of these movies tied in well with Islam Week at Loyola. Learning more and more everyday. 

In response to muffins26

I also found the statistics portion of the film interesting. I though it was really cool that they did both perspectives as opposed to doing just one side of it. In reference to the people in the west saying that they do know about Islam might just be a case of them thinking they know, but are just misinformed. There is a difference between knowing actual facts and having opinions and judgments.

Blog 9

Posted on: March 31, 2013

This past week in class we watched a Documentary and a part of a movie. The documentary was about a survey taken post 9/11 discussing what a billion Muslims really believe. I liked this documentary, it let Muslims have a voice, and gave people an idea of what words like “Jihad” and “Shariah” really mean, they defined these words and took them out of the negative connotations that they are attached with. I of course felt like this documentary had a little biases, but I liked that it had interviews with different people, rather than just Muslims. So as a way to show that it isn’t just from one perspective. It was a very informative documentary, it was interesting to see how much Canada is favored over the U.S., and how men in these Muslim countries think it’s okay for women to work, because I’ve been under the impression, from articles I’ve read that men would rather not have their wives work.  to move out of Iran due to the adverse conditions that are forthcoming, and she wants a better life for her daughter. However, her husband does not want to leave because his father has Alzheimer’s and he cannot leave him. So his wife leaves him, and goes to stay with her parents. He gets a lady to watch his dad, and a lot of drama has ensued with this lady and him. The movie has been pretty interesting so far, and I want to see where they go with it. We stopped it as it was getting interesting, so I look forward to seeing more of it.

In reply to “Winteraction” I completely agree with you, I am do not wear hijab, but I do dress modestly, and  I have faced the same thing where people feel it’s unfair that I am not able to wear shorts, or mini-skirts. Like you said, I believe the right to cover up should be just as respected as the right to reveal. Without really understanding that it’s a choice. I definitely think that if people took the time to understand and learn about other people’s cultures, there would be less minconseptions.  It will make them see that it isn’t an “opression” thing , but rather a cultural thing.   This issue reminds me of an article  I had to read last semester in my “Women and Gender in Islam” class http://www.smi.uib.no/seminars/Pensum/Abu-Lughod.pdf.. talking about how the west feels like if these women are liberated they would take their hijabs off an rejoice, however they fail to understand that these women wear these as part of their culture. She mentions what do they expect them to do? Run around in shorts and tanktops?

I enjoyed watching the move in class last week. I enjoyed getting an inside look into life in Tehran since I don’t know much about daily life in Iran. Even though the movie wasn’t the most compelling thing I have have ever seen it kept my attention. I particularly enjoyed the contrast between the conservative religious women and the progressive professor teacher. The contrast between the husbands was also very interesting highlighting religious differences. The progressive husband comes off in the wrong at this point in the movie but we shall see what happens. 

In response to marshall12mathers:

I totally agree with your statements about the documentary. I did not realize that the conservative garb or lifestyle does not necessarily relate to conservative ideology. Many women view Islam as a religion of freedom not that of oppression. I usually doubt most statistical reports since the “truth” is always hard to find. I enjoyed the documentary and the conversation that followed about whether the movie was propaganda or a source/documentary. I did enjoy the stats about women in the workforce as well. The choice to work should be open to everyone and I’m glad that feeling is shared by most of the world. 

Last week, we watched the documentary and the movie about Muslims. The documentary concentrated on the reaction of the world after 9/11 event and how Muslims think about the West. I was surprised when the statistics showed the different of percentage that Muslims dislike the US more than Canada although the two countries are very similar. They discussed how the US policies is the cause of the dislike which makes sense. Before 9/11, non-Muslims didn’t really care about Muslim community and Islamic world. When 9/11 happened, they misunderstand and also assume Islam with terrorism, as the documentary said. I think once we have knowledge about Muslims and their religion, we’ll see that the negative viewpoints about Islam is definitely wrong.

In response to , I was also surprised when the statistics showed most men agree women should be able to have jobs. I also think Muslim women have less advantages to work than men, the woman in the Iran movie is the example how she’s struggling to find a suitable job. When his wife left, the man in the movie doesn’t know to take care of his house, this shows that the women always do the chores. The scene when the woman made the phone to ask if she has permission to change the grandpa ‘s clothes gives me a thought that Muslim women had less right than man. I felt sorry for the husband because he was blamed as the cause of the woman’s miscarriage, but I felt more sorry for her because I thought she had special reasons for locking the grandpa.

This week in class, we watched a documentary called Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims believe, and began an Iranian movie. I found the results acquired from the Gallup poll (which was focused upon Muslims and their religion) to be interesting and very eye opening. The material presented in this documentary seemed completely unbiased and served to adequately educate those who might have severe misconceptions in relation to Islamic culture and religion. I feel like the fact that this documentary was created post 9/11 really allowed it to hone in resolving the misconception that the 9/11 terrorist attacks were backed by a specific faith, rather than just a small group of extremists. The documentary also clarified Muslim views on gender roles, specifically those of Muslim women. This idea was also well highlighted in the Iranian film that we watched. I was pleasantly surprised to see the freedom and authority in women that was portrayed through the wife’s character. It was admirable that she was able to speak her mind and initiate a divorce with her husband- something that seems to usually have a huge stigma associated with it in this culture. I look forward to seeing how the rest of the plot plays out. 

In response to winteraction:

It is interesting to hear your viewpoint on gender roles. I definitely agree and respect the idea that to dress in a conservative way or not is simply a choice. I also thought you made a good point about how the right to cover up ones skin should be just as respected as revealing it. I do think that this choice is very much molded by the culture of the society in which a women is brought up in. It is to my understanding that Islam encourages fairly conservative ways in which woman should dress. I have Muslim friends who have been raised in the United States and have traveled to places in the middle east, such as Turkey or Dubai. I find it interesting to hear that they have observed that the majority of the Muslim women in these places actually dress less conservatively than themselves. In general, it really does seem to come down to what societal culture perceives to be acceptable or not. 

This week in class we watched a documentary about a questionnaire that was given to Muslims around the world. I found this documentary very interesting. Although we might not be able to believe that it was one hundred percent correct, some of the statistics that they came up with were astonishing. The most prevalent being the percentage of people that dislike the United States and those that dislike Canada. While the percentage for the United States was around 97%, the percentage for Canada was around 3%. Canada is considered to be the country closest to us in habits, yet many more people like them. The main difference between us is our foreign policy. It is amazing how one aspect of a country can affect people’s views of that country. Another amazing statistic were the views on gender equality. I was amazed at how many people in Muslim countries believe that women should be given the same rights.

In response to myusernameisgreat

I agree with you on a number of points. I too liked how the documentary defined certain words. I believe that people in Western cultures should definitely look at the definition of jihad. People should know that jihad does not condone killing. This brought to mind the one scene from My Name is Khan when the teacher was telling her students that jihad was the Muslim belief in killing in the name of their god and that Islam is the most violent religion in the world. People need to try to understand what it really means to be a Muslim. One of the statistics in the documentary showed that the number of people that believed they understood Muslims decreased in the years after 9/11. To me, that is a little frightening. On another note, I also enjoyed the movie we watched. It was really interesting to see what life is like for women.