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Women and the Koran

Women and What It Means To Be Civilized

Civilization in the Balance

Women have been deciding the fate of civilizations since the dawn of written history and probably long before that, and they will continue to be largely responsible for the fate of humanity.

The women of Sumer rocked the cradle of Western Civilization and nurtured it through its formative years until the Greeks and Romans of antiquity came along and put into words and deeds what it meant to be western and civilized. For the Greeks of antiquity, in particular, to be civilized meant subscribing to democratic ideals; appreciating that liberty is humanity’s most precious possession; accepting that ethics and morality can come from within and that the search for the truth is a never ending quest and a noble calling in and of itself.

Following in the footsteps of the Greeks and Romans came the philosophical movement of the 18th century, the Enlightenment, that emphasized the use of reason to question accepted doctrines and traditions; and before that, the Renaissance which marked the end of the Catholic Church’s dominance in Europe allowing for a flowering of the arts and sciences.

Today, competing with these ideas of what it means to be civilized is a child-like view of the world that begins and ends with the Koran. The Koran is not so much a philosophy as a set of rules, formulated by a child-like-mind; rules which embody a child’s certainty in having absolute knowledge of the world around him and a child’s intolerance of others who won’t play the game by his rules.

To accept this child-like-view of the world is to deny Western Civilization and all its accomplishments. This child-like view of the universe saw writing as a way of putting a limit on what people can imagine.

This child-like view now competes with the grown-up view of the people of Sumer who invented writing as a means to expand the capabilities of the human mind not to limit them; who invented writing so as to allow future generations to build on, to go beyond, to question what their ancestors had imagined.

The women of Sumer gave birth to Western Civilization. The women of Islam, who are a child’s first acquaintance with the Koran and the narrow limits it places on the imagination, may bring it to an end. The Koran, taken literally kills the imagination allowing insanity to settle in.

Will these mainly “illiterate and downtrodden mothers” that are entrusted with the crucial early years of a child’s upbringing, invisible to the outside world courtesy of a prudish, insecure, misogynous God, and His equally disadvantaged Messenger, even be aware of what they have done.