We are unfortunately misled by many clichés that would claim that on the one hand the Muslim woman would be a prisoner of man, a woman "object" and on the other, the Western woman who would be a liberated woman and the equal of man.
The position of women in Islam is far from the one widely disseminated in the media and which contributes to propagate the amalgam between tribal practice and the very foundations of the Muslim religion.
Islam, contrary to what is implied today, came to liberate women from the degrading position they were in before its advent.
Strangely enough, the first attacks against Islam were already focused on the position of women. Many rights had been granted to her, such as the right to freely ask for a man's hand in marriage, to express herself in public, to work and even, contrary to other monotheistic religions, to ask for a divorce.
For all these rights, Islam had been assimilated to a religion of women for women.
Today, Islam is still being attacked as much as ever in relation to the position of women, but in a reversed sense; a religion of men made for men.
And we will end with this quote from Voltaire in "Questions sur l'encyclopédie" to illustrate these remarks:
" It was mainly against the Turks, who had become Mohammedans, that our monks wrote so many books, when the conquerors of Constantinople could hardly be answered otherwise. Our authors, who are much more numerous than the janissaries, did not have much difficulty in getting our women on their side: they persuaded them that Mohammed did not regard them as intelligent animals; that they were all slaves by the laws of the Alcoran; that they possessed no property in this world, and that in the next they had no share in paradise. All of this is an obvious falsehood, and all of it has been firmly believed. "