I wanted to see what the Qu’ran itself says about the rights of women, and I came across the following website in the process. Of particular note in the Qu’ran are a number of verses suggesting that women are inherently less valuable than men (see, for example, the verses regarding inheritance and bearing witness). For comparison, however, many Bible verses taken out of context are only marginally more favorable to women (see also below).
Several of the articles that I found on the interaction between Sharia law and women’s rights echoed these ideas.
http://www.ntpi.org/html/womensrights.html (though admittedly, this isn’t the most unbiased of websites).