Orientalist discourse of Arab and Muslim women

Orientalist discourse of Arab and Muslim women

Introduction

European colonialism significantly affected the lives of Arab and Muslim women. The image of the Arab and Muslim women was significantly distorted by the European colonialism, making their lives worse off compared to the period before. European colonialism such as Portuguese and the Spanish entered into Arab and Muslim countries in the early 18th century. Just like colonialization in any other state or continent,the colonialists came along with their cultural beliefs,ways of lives and systems that were not present in these counties such as Christian religion and beliefs,  leading to a disruption of the stable status quo (Sidani, 2015). This affects negatively affected the image and perception of Muslim and Arab women, and their lives have continued becoming more miserable in the region and the world generally, compared to their image and lives before European colonialism.

The purpose of this paper is to provide a comparison of the image of Arab and Muslim women in Orientalist discourse to their lives in the region before the beginning of the European territory. Muslim and Arab areas have a long history of strong religious believes and cultural practices that impose specific behavior and contact of their women. After the colonial period, their lives and the way the world perceives the Muslim and Arab women changed compared with the period before colonization (Slade, 2011). This research will be based on the following research question; How does the Image of Arab and Muslim women in the orientalist discourse compare with their lives before the beginning of European colonialism?

Literature review

According to a study done by David (2003) on the "stereotypes that define us, and how it came to be," Mulism and Arab women have labeled an image that does not accurately define their character du duet to the influence of the western culture and effect of European colonialism. The study takes a comparative approach of how the women were perceived before the 15th century and how they are perceived now and if this changed perception is accurately the truth of what they a

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