The Status of Women in the Hadith

The major duality inside Islam is male/female. There is one set of rules for men and another set of rules from women. If there were no submission, then there would need to be only one rule: men and women are treated the same. If they are not to be treated the same, then many more rules are needed.

There is only one area in which men and women are treated equally — both sexes will be judged on the basis of their lives on Judgment Day, but when a woman is judged, she will be judged on how well she obeyed her husband.

There is not very much material in the Trilogy about females. Only about 9% of the Koran and about 12% of the Sira refers to females. The overwhelming amount of the doctrine is about men. But there is more than enough in the Trilogy to govern the smallest detail in the life of a woman from birth to death.

The Status of Women in the Hadith

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Supporting Data

Low Status Equal Status High Status Neutral Status Total of Women
Reference Word Count Hadiths Percentage
Low 45,580 296 89.4%
Equal 3,509 33 10%
High 62 2 .06%
Totals 49,151 331  
       
Neutral 68,543 434