There are many â€˜misconceptionsâ€™, all over the world, about the Islamic understanding of women. Misconceptions is emphasised because the nature of the Qurâ€™an and Sunnah is such that it is so complex and intricate that it is open to many interpretations. However, on certain things, the Qurâ€™an or the Sunnah make it completely explicit, for instance that men and women are equal in the eyes of God because souls are without gender
Also, many people in â€˜the westâ€™ take the treatment of women in â€˜Muslimâ€™ countries to define how Islam commands women be treated, however some of this is more cultural than religious. In fact, Muslim women have had rights for over 1400 years that were only granted to Western women in the 19th and 20th centuries.