The 's Aladdin : A Feminist Perspective Essay

1561 Words Apr 25th, 2016 7 Pages
Throughout the course of human history and during many different societies, women have been treated as subordinates to men. A recurring theme between civilizations is that men are the superior sex, and a woman’s main role in society was to bare offspring. Although Muslim societies are not the first societies to have a patriarchal hierarchy, they have some of the most prominent male-dominated societies that persist into modern times. The role of real women in a genuine Islamic society can be observed through Rafea Anad’s life in the documentary Solar Mamas; however, Disney’s Aladdin also provides another fictional yet sometimes accurate depiction of a women in a similar Islamic society but from a different socioeconomic background.
Muslims live their lives according to the Islamic code. The Islamic code dictates aspects of life such as marriage, custody of children, and the overall rights of women in Muslim societies. Although marriage is a contract under Islamic Law that can only be made by two contenting parities, the woman to be married does not have to be present during the negotiations. The woman’s male guardian—usually her father— may speak on her behalf and can even coerce her into accepting the marriage (Nicolau). According to Islamic Law, God made men superior to women and it is therefore a husband’s duty to maintain his wife. The husband will continue to fulfill his duties to maintain, protect, and finally support his wife as long as she is obedient and allows him…

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