Topics: Vedas, Vedic period, Hinduism Pages: 3 (1083 words) Published: December 12, 2012
In my essay, I will be evaluating the issues regarding women’s rights including the woman’s role in (Religion) and the right of women to dress freely in Christianity, Hinduism and Islam.

The woman’s role in religion has been a controversial subject in various religions. In Christianity, the support of male dominance in the New Testament has been questioned. Verses from the Bible that have been used to support male domination of the church included 1 Corinthians 14: 34 and 1 Timothy 2:11, which admonished women to keep silent in church and to learn silence and subjection. Drawing on these ideas, among other theologians such as Thomas Aquinas saw being female as an impediment to receiving Holy Orders, a purely academic question for him. In various writings, Aquinas considers the role of women and consistently finds women inferior in, for example, intellect. As the female body was inferior to the male's, he wrote, so was her soul. In the mid-19th century, the first few ordinations of Protestant women occurred, and the first detailed arguments for women ministers began to be heard in the Wesleyan holiness movement. Advocates argued that female preachers were a sign of the endtime, when "your sons and daughters would prophesy" In Hinduism, the Brahminical texts reveal that as early as the late Vedic period women were denied some of the roles they had in the early Vedic culture (1500-800 BCE). Hindu tradition even up to the present day understands that women were never allowed to recite the Vedas or even witness a Vedic ritual. When social hierarchies began to be created in association with the creation of cities worldwide, social developments generally resulted in the restriction of the rights of women. In India, women began to be subjugated more and more to family and husband and began to lose their role as independent actors. But as soon as the early urban period had come to fruition, perhaps as early as 400 CE, women began to participate as direct actors in the...
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