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In making these rulings Mohammad had been enormously influenced by his own wife, Khadija. Arranged marriages, still preferred by many in cultures such as the 1 The Qur’an 3: 195. Reuter, published in the Waikato Times (Friday 3 May 1996: 5). “Women irate at comments on work role”, AAP Jacarta, quoted in The New Zealand Herald(16 November 1996: 3). Culture 29 Punjabi, do not indicate that women are chattels to be disposed of at will by the family. Rather they are a serious attempt on both sides of a family to match two people in a way that will ensure that their marriage will last, be happy, and will contribute to the well-being of the whole group.
Similarly, attitudes to what Hofstede (1980) called masculinity and femininity differ across cultures. Hofstede5s research on this matter, which will be cited and referred to in depth and detail in Chapter 4, has been criticised for three reasons. First, it was Culture 27 based on a quantitative study, originally carried out in 1980. Although it has been updated and extended several times since, the situation in some countries has changed so radically that the very questions asked on the gender issue seem inappropriate now.
Attitudes to sport illustrate the point. In Iran, for example, women’s sports are continually being condemned. In 1996 four separate ayatollahs issued religious edicts saying women should not practise such sports as cycling, riding and canoeing in public, and one said they should not practise them at all. 2 In education girls do not always have even approximately the same rights as their brothers. The UnitedNations Children’s Fund reported in early 1997 that schools had re-opened in Afghanistan after the winter recess 'but there were no girls in sight’.