Islamists recently hounded Taslima Nasreen out of West Bengal, and into a high security hiding place in New Delhi. Ms. Nasreen is a Bangladeshi writer in exile in India, with several fatwas calling for her murder, for daring to criticize the treatment of women in Islam. Ayaan Hirsi Ali, another feminist of Somalian origin, is also on the lam, running away from death threats from Islamists. Her work, "Submission" filmed by Theo von Gogh, portrayed the oppression of women in Islam. Theo von Gogh was murdered by Mohammed Bouyeri for blasphemy. Iran, Pakistan, and elsewhere in the Islamic world, discriminatory and barbaric treatment of women is legal under the Sharia law. Most recently, a woman who was gang-raped in Saudi Arabia was punished with 100 lashes and six months in prison for being seen with a "stranger" in public [khalwat]. When she complained to the media, her punishment was doubled to 200 lashes.
The apologists for Islam, however, deny all this, and claim that Islam respects women, and these practices are not sanctioned by Muhammad. Here are a few pictures, along with the captions describing them, from Mohammed Image Archive, depicting what that religion sanctions:
Mohammed, along with Buraq and Gabriel, visit Hell, and see a demon punishing "shameless women" who had exposed their hair to strangers. For this crime of inciting lust in men, the women are strung up by their hair and burned for eternity. Persian, 15th century.
... Mohammed sees women strung up by hooks thrust through their tongues by a green demon. Their crimes were to "mock" their husbands and to leave their homes without permission. Persian, 15th century.
... Mohammed sees a red demon that is torturing women by hanging them up by hooks through their breasts, as they are engulfed in flames. The women are being punished for giving birth to illegitimate children whom they falsely claimed were fathered by their husbands. Persian, 15th century.
Of course, the apologists could argue that these pictures were drawn by rabid Islamophobics, all under the appreciating eyes of the Sunni Timurids in 15th century Persia!