Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Speech Divesity under Islamic Law

In order to further clarify the grammar of speech diversity, the Basic Code intimates that the diversity of nations and communities is also part of the divine plan. The Quran states: “O human beings! Lo! We have created you male and female and have made you nations and tribes that you may know one another (ta’aaraf).”This solidarity ordainment recognizes two distinct diversities, gender and communal, which are mentioned together in the same verse to demonstrate their analogous rooting in natural law. Gender identity furnishes self-knowledge whereas communal identity supplies familiarity with others. Each identity, such as sisterhood or brotherhood derived from gender and camaraderie derived from meta-gender community, is both natural and authentic. It is natural for women to congregate with women and men with men, for such congregations furnish gender-specific knowledge. However, men and women cannot be imprisoned in their respective genders. Men and women must meaningfully and respectfully unite in meta-gender communities to nurture social, cultural, artistic, and spiritual bonds.

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