Contrasts and Commonalities: Understanding Western Feminism and Islamic Women’s Rights

  • Maryam Zaka Baryar Department of Islamic Studies GIFT University, Gujranwala
Keywords: Western feminism, Islamic women’s rights, gender equality, cultural dynamics, religious scriptures, patriarchal dismantling, modern interpretations, shared aspirations, divergent methodologies, nuanced perspective


This research paper delves into a comprehensive examination of the similarities and distinctions between Western feminism and the rights of women within Islamic traditions. Adopting an objective standpoint, the paper scrutinizes the underlying principles, primary objectives, and tangible expressions of both movements. Western feminism is portrayed in its varied dimensions, highlighting its vigorous pursuit of equality, self-determination, and the deconstruction of patriarchal systems. In contrast, the rights of women in Islam are analyzed through the prisms of religious scripture, cultural traditions, and modern interpretations, underlining the inherent rights and safeguards provided to women in the Islamic context. This article identifies shared aspirations for justice, fairness, and women's empowerment across both movements, while also casting a light on the profound divergences in their methodologies, narrative frameworks, and ultimate aims. By striking a delicate balance between commendation and critical evaluation, this piece adds a nuanced perspective to the ongoing dialogue around gender rights, cultivating a space for mutual respect and understanding between these two pivotal movements.

How to Cite
Baryar, M. Z. (2023). Contrasts and Commonalities: Understanding Western Feminism and Islamic Women’s Rights. Tanazur, 4(2), 13-28. Retrieved from