Saturday, February 04, 2006

More Grist for the "Even in Islam, Women Are More Religious" Idea

Hamas's victory was propelled by strong support from women (see here -- HT: verbum ipsum --, here, and here). Interestingly, in Iran, women have a much higher public role than in many non-revolutionary Islamic societies. All of which is grist for my "Women Have Always Been More Religious" idea. When religion stops being a way of simply expressing national-ethnic identity and becomes something that calls for deep individual commitment -- then women will be, if not out in front, then behind as the main force. Whether that's a good thing or not depends on the particular religion . . .