From the writing of her first book, Beyond the Veil: Male-Female Dynamics in Modern Muslim Society in , Mernissi has sought to reclaim Fatima Mernissi. In Beyond the Veil, Fatima Mernissi argues that the Islamic view of women as Regarded as a classic book in the United States, Beyond the Veil has never. An expanded and updated edition of this classic study includes a new introduction on Muslim women and fundamentalism, in which Fatima Mernissi argues that.

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In her book The Veil and the Male Elite first published in French inshe critically examines the historical context of Muslim law and tradition and argues that the original message of the Prophet Muhammad, which called mernidsi equality between the sexes, has been misrepresented by later political leaders and religious scholars.

As a feminist, her work represents an attempt to undermine the ideological and political systems that silence and oppress Muslim women. Indiana University PressJan 1, – Religion – pages.

Beyond the Veil

Other editions – View all Beyond the Veil: From inside the book. Other editions – View all Beyond the Veil: Fear of the Modern Worldis beyonx impassioned plea for Muslims to reclaim the best of their tradition and to cast off their fear of the West.

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Mernissi’s work explores the relationship between sexual ideology, gender identity, sociopolitical organization, and the status of women in Islam; her special focus, however, is Moroccan society and culture. Fagima editions – View all Beyond the Veil: Women’s fatjma, she maintains, is due to the political manipulation of religion by powerseeking, archaic Muslim male elites.


Recent Posts Further Feminist Readings? If a reader were to select only one book in order to gain insight into women’s status and prospects in Islamic society, this study should be the one chosen for its clarity, honesty, depth of knowledge and thought-provoking merrnissi. Mernissi’s work explores the relationship between sexual ideology, gender identity, sociopolitical organization, and the status of women in Islam; her special focus, however, is Moroccan society and culture.

For Mernissi, Islamic sexual ideology is predicated on a belief in women’s inherent sexual power which, if left uncontrolled, would wreak havoc on the male-defined social order; hence the necessity to control women’s sexuality and to safeguard Muslim society through veiling, segregation, and the legal subordination of women.

Whether Islam is fati,a blame, or the males who interpret her role as such, is immaterial. Bibliography The following works by Fatima Mernissi are available in English: Find out more about OverDrive accounts. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Sexual Inequality is a prominent feature of both Western and Islamic societies but the underlying concepts bejond female sexuality in Christian and Muslim traditions are very different.

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Since women are considered by Allah to be a destructive element, they are to be spatially confined and excluded from matters other than those of the family. The Veil and the Male Elite: Turning her attention beyoond the Arab world today, Mernissi situates the “woman question” within a more inclusive framework that links it to problems of political legitimacy, social stagnation, and the absence of democracy. Andersen Snippet view – From inside the book. Andersen Snippet view – My library Help Advanced Book Search.

The Islamic view of women and active sexual beings resulted in stricter regulation and control of women’s sexuality, which Muslim theorists regarded as a threat to civilized society.

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Mernissi explains in her book that early Muslim scholars portrayed women as aggressive hunters who forced men, reduced to weak hunted victims, to control women by imposing requirements such as veiling, vei confined women to the private space.

Mernlssi, first published ; The Qur’an, translated by M. Mernissi’s work explores the fatoma of this historically constituted ideological system on the construction of gender and the organization of domestic and political life in Muslim society today.

Mernissi, Fatima

Is Islam against democracy? Returning to Morocco, she joined the sociology department at Mohammed V University.

But the requirements of modernization are incompatible with traditional Muslim strictures, and the ensuing contradictions provide nearly all Muslim countries. She does this in two ways, first, by challenging the dominant Muslim male discourse concerning women and their sexuality, and second, by providing the “silent” woman with a “voice” to tell her own story. With an OverDrive account, you can mernsisi your favorite libraries for at-a-glance information about availability.

Beyond the Veil, Revised Edition

vveil She critically examines the classical corpus of religious-juristic texts, including Selected pages Title Page.

The early Muslimahs were strong, powerful, independent women! No eBook available Amazon.

Account Options Sign in. References to this book Thinking about Women: Fatima Mernissi studied political science and sociology at Mohammed V University where she is now a researcher. No eBook available Amazon.