Actually it's not. There are two completely different interpretations of that verse. Another interpretation completely leaves off the part about beating them. The worst part of this question is you are using extremists as an example. You really need to educate yourself. So I will do it for you: The first translation is the one you have and the second is: "Men are the support of women as God gives some more means than others, and because they spend of their wealth (to provide for them)... As for women you feel are averse, talk to them suasively; then leave them alone in bed (without molesting them) and go to bed with them (when they are willing)" The difficulty is translating the word qawwamuna 'ala an-nisa which could mean, protect, support or attend to. The final word in the verse, adribuhunna (sp?) can either mean beat them or go along with them. Again, it's trying to find an English translation to the varying words in Arabic. If the Bible translations truly are correct, why are there so many different versions of them? Before the religion of Islam entered into the Arab world, women were seen as chattels and could not own property. If you consider the Christian culture (which is also my religion), they have done the same thing. Women had to stay at home and tend to the house and children while the man went to work. The idea of women being covered up, (1) was to emulate the way the wives of Muhammad because they were considered "the Mothers of the Ummah". They were never forced to wear them, they were just adopted over a period of time after Muhammad's death. (2) His wives were veiled for a sense of modesty. They had to have their clothes around them a little to be recognized as believers and so no harm will come to them (33:60). After all, they were married to a prophet. The problem lies in the difficulty of interpreting middle eastern languages to English. There are words in Arabic that may mean admire, but when translated English mean have sex with. Anything violent is not in the name of Allah. Which is why they don't recognize "holy war" as part of their religion. I am not Muslim. But I do study the culture to help correct people who make assumptions such as this one.