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Story of King Shahryar and His Brother

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2006

Look Under the ' Page 1 ?r , of the Quran offers an excellent foundation to discover if the actions in the story coincide with the codes of conduct taught in Islam with respect to women 's role in marriage and in society

Systematically reviewing the Sura , one may conclude that no definitive variation is stated between women 's societal role and that of men However , her role of being a woman and what that means in respect to protecting herself and her chastity is addressed . Instruction is given to

men to restrain their looks and guard their senses (24 :31-32 This instruction is given also to women , with the addition of hiding their beauty and adornments from those outside of specified individuals stating that the beauty and adornments of a woman are reserved for her husband . They are not to be concerned with showing themselves to those who either are too young to understand the relationship between man and woman , or individuals outside of the family who have no desire for women (24 :31-32 . In the Story of King Shahryar and His Brother , the king 's wives are spoken of as being beautiful . It does not make reference to how they are dressed , but the impression is made that they are not covered as instructed by the Quran . This is not to suggest that the failure to cover is cause for their demise , but a simple observation

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The actions of the younger brother , King of Samarkand , are an obvious and blatant rebellion against Islamic rule in accordance to Sura 24 While the witnessing of a wife committing adultery by the husband alone is evidence for punishment , he must bear witness four times in the name of Allah that he is telling the truth , and a fifth time that Allah 's curse be upon him if he lies (24 :7-11 . This younger brother took it upon himself to kill his wife , and mentioned nothing of the situation to anyone until he spoke of it to his brother some time later Though the eldest King , King Shahryar , was not the sole witness to his wife 's sin , his punishment of murder is not the instructed penalty However , it is not this murder , but the many that took place daily thereafter , in conjunction with the terms of arrangement , which pose such a contradiction to Sura 24 . A man and a woman are to be arranged in marriage (24 :33-35 . Again , this reflects equality between the sexes , as both are under the same instruction . In the story , this arranged marriage is seen routinely between the King and his nightly bride . The difference being that in the story , these women were given to him out of fear by their families . This marriage arrangement was by the king more so than by the woman 's controlling figures

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