16. Adam & Hawa: Insights on Gender Differences Part 3

Posted on July 18th, 2011

Hosai Mojaddidi went on in her lecture to explain what “high testosterone people,” or a “male brain” prefers. Check out this list:
  • Things
  • Facts, reason, and logic
  • Power / rank / status
  • Competing / achieving
  • Winning
  • Teams
  • Analyzing / figuring out
  • Assertion / aggression
  • Reports / information
  • Intellectual understanding
  • Companionship / doing
  • Teaching / leading
  • Being focused/ specific / "logical"
  • Order / rules / structure
  • Thinking
  • How things work

On the other hand, “low-testosterone people,” or a “female brain,” prefers:
  • People
  • Feelings, senses, and meaning
  • Relationships
  • Harmony / relating
  • Sharing
  • Groups
  • Intuiting / "knowing"
  • Co-operation, mutuality
  • Rapports / bonding
  • Empathizing
  • Love / intimacy
  • Closeness / being
  • Nurturing / growing
  • Being "wide-angle" / organic / holistic
  • Organic, fluid patterns
  • Feeling / experiencing
  • Personal and social impacts

So, obviously men and women are very different. The think differently, therefore their roles in life are different. What do you think the gender roles are in Islam?

Role of Men:
  • Worship Allah
  • Provide for the family
  • Lead the family
  • Social/Political Leadership

Role of Women:
  • Worship Allah
  • Preserve household balance
  • Nurture the family
  • Social Integration

Who was Adam? Why Was he created?
—"And when your Lord said to the angels: I am about to appoint a vicegerent in the earth. They said: Will you place therein such as will cause disorder in it or shed blood? We celebrate your praise and extol your holy names. He answered: I know what you know not." (Quran 2:30)

Who was Hawa? Why was she created?
—Adam opened his eyes and looked into the beautiful face of a woman gazing down at him. Adam was surprised and asked the woman why she had been created. She revealed that she was to ease his loneliness and bring tranquility to him.


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