The book is an interesting read but as can be expected, it is somewhat outdated and there are, in my opinion, better books on the topic with more relevant information and updated examples than this one. I do think that the information and the history and the interpretations are presented in an informative and sometimes speculative way. She I have very mixed feelings about this book. She says "American women will get the right to abortion but it will take a long time before they can prevent the females body from being exploited as a marketable product". She goes on to say "Muslim women, on the contrary, engage in a silent but explosive dialogue with the fragile ruling class whose major task is to secure economic growth plan for the future without exploitation and deprivation".

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New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press. Mernissi also fought to overcome Western assumptions that Muslim women were helpless victims of both their religion and the men of their religion. Western stereotypes ostracized Muslim men who did not fit the white, masculine, hegemonic mold dominating the first world society, developing racist ideas towards a religion that was believed to oppress women.

However, Mernissi pointed out that Muslim women were not victims of their religious practices any more than Western women were victims of the patriarchy; both groups of women were oppressed by specific social institutions within a religion or society created to profit off of the marginalization of others.

Furthermore, Mernissi explained that Western women were veiled, just as Muslim women were, yet Western veils were much more discreet. Mernissi broke down the ethnocentric approach Western Feminism had been utilizing and wrote to bring more clarity to the diversity necessary within the global Feminine movement. The Forgotten Queens of Islam and Intersectionality[ edit ] In the book The Forgotten Queens of Islam, Fatima Mernissi uses an intersectional approach to understand the positions of women throughout early Islamic history through social and political identities that created modes of discrimination.

Her aim was to bring to light the significant contributions that women had throughout early Islamic history and debunk the misconceptions about the absence of women as political and authoritative figures. She does this by exploring the leadership roles that women were involved in throughout Islamic history and alters the way women are portrayed in historiographies.

She claims that women held powerful political positions despite religious titles that were given to men. For instance, the role that female slaves played in leading slave revolts against religious rulers without the use of violence Mernissi, In her work, she explores the idea of sexual identity and gender roles in the Islamic world and helps to redefine the narrative surrounding it.

Furthermore, Mernissi delves into different demographic, including education and literacy. She uses this to help explain the importance of these factors not only for the empowerment of women in Islam, but also for their health Mernissi, Furthermore, Mernissi analyzes the role of the state in gender roles as well as the outcome of a state that ultimately supports inequality Mernissi, Mernissi ultimately argues that the freedom from these controlling traditions and expectations of women is the only way for the Arab world to develop.

She debates whether the established fundamentalism dominating the Middle East could ever be compatible with the democratic processes used in Western societies. For instance, she looked at how fundamentalism controlled what a woman would be able to wear, so a democratic society that freed women to dress as they pleased could appear threatening to a hyper-masculine culture.

She contests that a living democracy should allow for the legal and constitutional ability to disagree with the state. Mernissi then suggests ways in which progressive Muslims, including feminists, who choose to advocate for democracy and resist fundamentalism should draw from the same sacred texts as those who seek to oppress them, in order to prove that Islam is not fundamentally against women.


Beyond the Veil

Quite the contrary, it affirms the potential equality between the sexes. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: This is not a light, superficial examination. Recent Posts Further Feminist Readings? The Forgotten Queens Of Islam. Male-Female Dynamics in Modern Muslim Society inMernissi has sought to reclaim the ideological discourse on women and sexuality from the stranglehold of patriarchy. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally.


Fatima Mernissi

Kagakazahn Whether Islam is to blame, or the males who interpret her role as such, is immaterial. Media Beyond the Veil. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. She critically examines the classical corpus of religious-juristic texts, including the Hadith, and reinterprets them from a feminist perspective.



Mezibar Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. She is a recognized public figure in her own country and abroad, especially in France, where she is well known in feminist circles. A Note to the Western Reader. Customer Reviews Comments There are currently no reviews Write a review on this title. Beyond the Veil In this expanded and updated edition, with a new introduction on Muslim women and fundamentalism, Mernissi argues that Islamic fundamentalism is in part a defense against recent changes in sex roles and perceptions of sexual identity. Sex and Marriage Before Islam.


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