“When a Woman Talks…The Data is Lost”

At least, according to the Yemenite cleric Abd Al-Majid Al-Zindani.

Basing his argument on an article in Time magazine (July 31, 1995), the cleric expostulates that women are scientifically incapable of talking and remembering simultaneously, unlike their male cohorts.

So far, so peculiar.

But then Al-Zindani fuses science of the 1990s with religious discourse, and produces a…well, read on and decide:

Allah said, with regard to women bearing witness: ‘If two men are not available, then a man and two women, such as you choose as witnesses, so that if one of them errs, the other can remind her.’ Some heretics – communists and other atheists – ridiculed [this verse], saying: How come a man’s testimony equals that of two women?

Two areas in a woman’s brain are activated when she talks. As we can see, there are many centers of speech in a woman’s brain. There is a center in each lobe, while in the case of a man, there is only one center, here. The opposite center does not operate during speech, because it is busy remembering.

What is the outcome of this? When a woman talks, she uses the part of the brain that contains the memory, because in the case of women, both centers function for speech and memory. So when a woman talks, she might use the part of the brain containing the memory for talking – and that’s it, the data is lost.

Therefore, if we need the testimony of women in cases pertaining to human lives, property, honor, or the stability of justice, we must take into consideration this fact of life in the nature of women. [Source]

In conclusion then, one lobe is better than two, two women are better than one, and no more science club for Al-Zindani makes for a very happy female population.

One comment on ““When a Woman Talks…The Data is Lost”

  1. asqfish
    December 31, 2008

    Asalaam o alaikum,

    This quote about two women as witnesses has been used out of context by the population that “googles Quran” without understanding it nor studying or reflecting on it in the context of the Sunnah.

    These two witnesses are sought in women in a financial /inheritance related witnessing. The reason as I understand it being that one woman may be threatened or coerced by someone close in ties, due to the nature of the financial business being settled. But the presence of a second woman would preclude this from happening.

    In islamic history one woman has been accepted as a witness in many scenarios, the two most significant examples being:

    Hazrat Ayesha (RA) who every time she narrated the Hadith she bore witness to its authenticity.

    Naila (RA) see:

    For more on witnessing and the rights of muslim women: see “The struggle of muslim women” by Dr. K. Siddique, it is quite an eye opener for most women, muslim and otherwise.

    Allah knows best.

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