Recent discourses on human rights as well as individual rights have affected the traditional understanding of gender roles and family in general. Due to historical development in Christian thought, the understanding of the Holy text has tended to, at least to a certain extent, to follow the social majority discourses. The overarching idea of the Koran as the word of God has until late 1990ties obstructed a similar development within Islam. However, in the last few years the gender discourses which tend to dominate the Islamic sphere increasingly tend to rely on human rights arguments, where the idea of the justice of God makes interpretations according to a gender equality patterns more theologically acceptable. This paper investigates European Islamists gender discourses in view of the human right discourse.
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