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Women in religious Islamic societies face certain limitations on their rights. While women are permitted to work in Islam, the more religious societies tend to enable a woman to work only if her duties as a wife and mother are not negatively impacted by this.

The effects of traditionalism on the labour force are deeply rooted in these countries – the ratio of female to male workers in Egypt, Iran and Saudi Arabia are 0.316, 0.244 and 0.241 respectively, while the average in Western Liberal Democracies is around 0.8.

Azerbaijan, a secular Muslim state, has a ratio of over 0.9, further illustrating the impact of traditionalistic Islam on women’s employment.

Another point that must be addressed is clothing. In religious Islamic societies, women must, or, at the very least, are expected to cover most parts of their body, including the legs, arms, hair and sometimes face.

The reasoning behind this is to shelter the private lives of women from the outside world and prevent them from being looked at sexually, something which is considered negative in these societies.

However, these requirements are considered by many to be a direct infringement of personal freedoms, with some going so far as to claim that the action of veiling a woman aids in hiding her identity altogether.

Many European states have promoted legislative action against Muslim
headwear, with France, Belgium, Denmark and Bulgaria placing penalties on women who wear them in public; Austria and the Netherlands have already started the legislative process as well.

In the Islamic Sharia, there is a questionable ban on some quiet normal things that other women outside their religion are typically allowed to do.

But in the Sharia law, some of these things are forbidden without male approval and the punishments are often gruesome and life-threatening when acting to their own will you will read below some of the most gruesome punishments and how they threaten a woman’s life.

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