When Prophet Muhammad compared men and women as follows in one of the hadith, which says women are weaker in reason and religious. While it is difficult to understand deficiency in religion I would like to know more about deficiency in reason.

"I have not seen anyone more deficient in ability to reason and deen than you. A cautious sensible man can be led astray by some of you.” It was said: “O Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him)! What is the deficiency in our reasoning and deen?” He said: “Is not the testimony of two women equal to the witness of one man?” It was said: "What is deficient in her deen?" The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: "Is not it true that a woman can neither pray nor fast during her menses?” [Al-Bukhari]

Are there studies which can prove or disprove this claim?

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    @Benjol, You are correct about downvote but answer on the islam.SE will be based on Islamic scriptures(which may not be be agreed upon by universal audience) and answer here I get will be based on scientific study.
    – chatur
    Feb 12, 2013 at 9:46
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    A good skeptical response to this question is to provide a relevant answer. Dismissing the question shows the same degree of prejudice and blind unthinking faith that many religious believers show when they simply accept the proposition.
    – matt_black
    Feb 12, 2013 at 10:18
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    @RoryAlsop considering that there's 1.6 billion Muslims, I'd say that Muhammad is somewhat notable. :/
    – Golden Cuy
    Feb 12, 2013 at 11:33
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    Is this question being downvoted because they suspect the OP of agreeing with the claim? I can understand why people would do that, but I'm not sure it's a good reason to downvote.
    – Golden Cuy
    Feb 12, 2013 at 11:49
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    @nico Fair point on the duplicate issue. But I do think that skeptics have a duty to make sure that questions posed like this are answered not downvoted or deleted so future searches will find specific evidence.
    – matt_black
    Feb 12, 2013 at 13:30

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Are women weak in religion

No idea, other than to note that some religions deny women the opportunity to become priests or theologians. Some cultures deny women the right to an education, which might make it difficult for them to demonstrate religious knowledge or expertise.

Are women weak in reasoning

IQ tests: women score higher than men Women have scored higher than men in intelligence testing for the first time since records began.

Are all women weaker (at some chosen measure) than the weakest man?

It is certainly very foolish to make generalizations about a group of people and then apply those generalizations to individuals.

  • ad first point: IIRC, there are numerous studies stating that women are more religious than men.
    – vartec
    Feb 13, 2013 at 13:05

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