The oppresive treatment of women in the Islamic world is well known. What is not sufficiently emphasized is how this oppression ends up producing a core underpinning of violent jihad.
The most obvious form this oppression takes is the sexual assault, particularly on non-muslim women, which is rooted in the Islamic scriptures (Andrew McCarthy: Who Attacked Lara Logan, and Why) :
It happens in Muslim countries and in the Muslim enclaves of Europe and Australia, perpetrated by Islamic supremacists acting on a sense of entitlement derived from their scriptures, fueled by the rage of their jihad, and enabled by the deafening silence of the media.
This seems to suggest that violence against women and infidels is rooted strictly in religious dogma. But there are social implications of the domination of women embedded in the muslim world that induce violence against muslim women and jihad against Western culture and modernism. Otherwise put, the dogma induces conditions which enhance is receptiveness.
Charles Hugh Smith (Egypt, Libya et al. Demographics, the Oil Curse and Post-Colonial Karma) lists three major factors underlying the current events in the islamic world: demographics, the oil curse and post-colonial karma. With respect to demographics:
These nations have experienced the usual population explosion which accompanies reduced opportunities for women, and as a result the majority of citizens are young, better educated than their elders, and unemployed, underemployed or scratching out a living in the informal economy.
In other words, because women are inhibited from professional careers, all that is left to them is housework and producing babies, hopefully men.
Unfortunately, when these babies grow into young men, as per Smith, they cannot find satisfactory employment and, as Bernard Lewis explains (A mass expression of outrage against injustice):
... in the Muslim world, casual sex, Western-style, doesn’t exist. If a young man wants sex, there are only two possibilities – marriage and the brothel. You have these vast numbers of young men growing up without the money, either for the brothel or the brideprice, with raging sexual desire. On the one hand, it can lead to the suicide bomber, who is attracted by the virgins of paradise – the only ones available to him. On the other hand, sheer frustration.
In other words, the socio-economic reality of young muslim men is in direct conflict with the indoctrination they receive at the mosque that they are superior to and dominant over infidels and women.
Nobody should wonder that the ensuing frustration induces violence: against the only thing domestic they are supposed and left to have control over -- women; and the western culture and society, whose sexual libertinism they envy with hostility and which Islam prohibits. Infidel women in particular are fair game and within their right.
It is a vicious cycle: the religious dogma prohibits the solutions--emancipation of women (and possibly, a temporary reduction of birth rate; when Martin Kramer suggested it, there was an outcry of "racism" and a demand to "fire" him from Harvard) and modernization of the economy and society--to the problems that itself has created. This is a recipe for disaster that we have witnessed for decades and which will become much worse in the aftermath of the uprising.
The Islamists want neither to lose control over women nor do they believe that they can in the long run get the masses to accept economic and sexual deprivation in the presence of the Western system. That is why they will do everything in their power to islamize it. Islamism, just like communism, must make everybody miserable if it is to survive.
The West should oppose it, not facilitate it.