Some Muslim women in the United States often see a conflict between the beliefs and practices of their religion and the norms and standards of modern society. There are some Muslims (both women and men) in America who are pushing for change, and there are others who believe that established practices and beliefs should be upheld. Through the materials presented in this lesson, students will explore basic beliefs and practices of Islam, examine Muslim women’s roles in Islam and modern American society, and compare women’s rights in Islam with the history of women’s rights in the United States.
* Demonstrate an understanding of the basic beliefs and practices of Islam;
* Recognize that the experience of Muslim women in any country is shaped by that country’s culture;
* Compare and contrast the rights and protections Islam has provided for women with the history of women’s rights in the United States.