I'm not here to criticize Islam (let's just clarify that right here). I just want to know... How do many predominantly-Muslim countries legitimize the rather scant womens' rights, in many countries being forced to wear the veil (although just as many women choose to wear the veil), etc etc? Other religions do not have such rules, so I wonder from where did this thinking spawn? I suppose alot of it has to do with the governments rather than the religion itself. Muslim women in America and European nations have many rights. But perhaps one of our resident Muslims can provide a more suitable answer if this one proves non-substantial..?