Sor Muslim Depth Study Essay

Studies of Religion: Muslim Depth Study
Teacher: Mr Blanch
Word Count: 2200

Respectively the quote “The application of sexual ethics in Islam is alternatively seen as hierarchical and oppressive by some scholars and egalitarian and protective by others. An historical legacy of slavery and contemporary quests for equality contribute to these conflicting views” does raise issues and the thought for further investigation regarding sexual ethics and Islam, whether it be to disprove or prove a theory or simple curiosity to find a greater understanding of the actual extent of this alleged “oppressive regime” and “hierarchical system” that is said be carried out within the Islamic religion itself. Similar to how there are different branches of Christianity, Islam follows a similar concept and one could say there are different branches of the religion with the denominations of Sunni, Shia and Sufism being the more dominate others may say more exposed rather than dominant however it is undisputed that all Muslims follow the teachers of the Qur’an and the teachings of the prophet Muhammad.   Whilst there are other sources people go to such as the Sunna or the Ijma not all Muslims have access or go by what is said there. The different interpretations of the Qur’an and Muhammad’s words are often where controversy and discrepancies emerge especially regarding sexuality and women. When looking at Islamic sexual ethics, we delve into the areas of consent, marriage, premarital and extramarital sex, individuals and societies, manipulation and personal gain, homosexuality, public decency. There are obviously more areas to be looked at for consideration such as public health and even factors of minuet importance such as flirting, are seen differently in the eyes of Islam.

When trying to understand Islamic sexual ethics one huge factor that can’t be dismissed is the notion of consent. Both the consent of sexual activity and the consent of age are highly relevant issues. This...