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Mernissi, Fatima Overview. Publication Timeline. Most widely held works about Fatima Mernissi. Most widely held works by Fatima Mernissi. Beyond the veil : male-female dynamics in modern Muslim society by Fatima Mernissi Book 91 editions published between and in English and Undetermined and held by 2, WorldCat member libraries worldwide From the writing of her first book, Beyond the Veil: Male-Female Dynamics in Modern Muslim Society in , Mernissi has sought to reclaim the ideological discourse on women and sexuality from the stranglehold of patriarchy.

She critically examines the classical corpus of religious-juristic texts, including the Hadith, and reinterprets them from a feminist perspective.

In her view, the Muslim ideal of the silent, passive, obedient woman has nothing to do with the authentic message of Islam. Rather, it is a construction of the 'ulama', the male jurists-theologians who manipulated and distorted the religious texts in order to preserve the patriarchal system.

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. As a feminist, her work represents an attempt to undermine the ideological and political systems that silence and oppress Muslim women.

The veil and the male elite : a feminist interpretation of women's rights in Islam by Fatima Mernissi Book 36 editions published between and in English and French and held by 1, WorldCat member libraries worldwide Mernissi examines whether Islam is opposed to women's rights by focusing on the early year's of Islam and Mohammed's intention of creating an egalitarian society without slaves or sexual discrimination.

Her work stands as a manifesto for Muslim women who strive for full human rights on the one hand and access to an inspirational religious tradition on the other; she asserts that it is the political and economic interests of a male elite--not the dictates of the religion--that are responsible for the denial of rights to women.

Islam and democracy : fear of the modern world by Fatima Mernissi Book 37 editions published between and in English and Undetermined and held by 1, WorldCat member libraries worldwide Is Islam compatible with democracy? Must fundamentalism win out in the Middle East, or will democracy ever be possible? In her groundbreaking new book, Moroccan sociologist Fatima Mernissi explores the ways in which people on dramatically opposing sides - feminists and defenders of democracy versus violent fundamentalists - must use the same sacred texts to prove different views.

Islam and Democracy serves as a guide to the players moving the pieces on the rather grim Muslim chessboard, to illuminate what seems to be a battle from another age - a battle the Gulf War revealed as having a very modern technological component. It raises provocative questions about the possibilities for democracy and human rights in the Islamic world, and it is essential reading for anyone interested in the politics of the Middle East.

This reader, comprised of a diverse array of sources ranging from the New York Times to the journals of leading research universities, explores these issues as systems of stratification that work to reinforce one another.

Understanding Inequality provides students and academics with the basic hermeneutics for considering new thought on ethnicity, class, and gender in the 21st century. The forgotten queens of Islam by Fatima Mernissi Book 52 editions published between and in English and Spanish and held by WorldCat member libraries worldwide When Benazir Bhutto became Prime Minister of Pakistan in , there were some who claimed that it was a blasphemous assault on Islamic tradition, since no Muslim state, they alleged, had ever been governed by a woman.

In this extraordinary new book, Fatima Mernissi shows that those proclaimed defenders of Islamic tradition were not only misguided but wrong. She looks back through fifteen centuries of Islam and uncovers a hidden history of women who have held the reins of power, but whose lives and stories, acheivements and failures, have largely been forgotten.

Who were the Queens of Islam? How did they accede to the throne and how did their rule come to an end? What kinds of states did they govern and how did they exercise their power? Pursuing these and other questions, Mernissi recounts the stories of fifteen queens, including Sultana Radiyya who reigned in Delhi from until her violent death at the hand of a peasant; the Island Queens who ruled in the Maldives and Indonesia; and the Arab Queens of Egypt and of the Shi'ite Dynasty of Yemen.

Mernissi concludes this absorbing historical inquiry by reflecting on its implications for the ways in which politics is practised in the Islamic world today, a world in which women, while generally more educated than their predecessors, are largely excluded from the political domain.

Scheherazade goes west : different cultures, different harems by Fatima Mernissi Book 12 editions published between and in English and held by WorldCat member libraries worldwide So recalls Fatema Mernissi at the outset of her mesmerizing new book. Of all the lessons she learned from her grandmother -- whose home was, after all, a type of prison -- the most central was that the opportunity to cross boundaries was a sacred privilege.

Indeed, in journeys both physical and mental, Mernissi has spent virtually all of her life traveling -- determined to "use her wings" and to renounce her gender's alleged legacy of powerlessness. Bursting with the vitality of Mernissi's personality and of her rich heritage, Scheherazade Goes West reveals the author's unique experiences as a liberated, independent Moroccan woman faced with the peculiarities and unexpected encroachments of Western culture. Her often surprising discoveries about the conditions of and attitudes toward women around the world -- and the exquisitely embroidered amalgam of cleareyed autobiography and dazzling meta-fiction by which she relates those assorted discoveries -- add up to a deliciously wry, engagingly cosmopolitan, and deeply penetrating narrative.

So recalls Fatema Mernissi at the outset of her mesmerizing new book. In her previous bestselling works, Mernissi -- widely recognized as the world's greatest living Koranic scholar and Islamic sociologist -- has shed unprecedented light on the lives of women in the Middle East.

Now, as a writer and scholarly veteran of the high-wire act of staraddling disparate societies, she trains her eyes on the female culture of the West. Doing daily battle : interviews with Moroccan women by Fatima Mernissi Book 38 editions published between and in 4 languages and held by WorldCat member libraries worldwide Interviews with Moroccan women about their economic and social conditions.

Women and Islam : an historical and theological enquiry by Fatima Mernissi Book 29 editions published between and in English and Italian and held by WorldCat member libraries worldwide "Can a woman be a leader of Muslims? To westerners, one of the most puzzling features of contemporary Islamic society is the status of women. In this book the author, which is both a feminist and a Muslim, aims to shed light on current attitudes by examining and reassessing the literary sources as far back as seventh-century Islam.

She shows how, far from being the oppresor of women that his detractors have claimed, the Prophet upheld the equality of all true believers. Sifting through the mass of literature surrounding the life, works and teachings of Muhammad, some surprising facts emerge--there are descriptions of how the wives of the Prophet discussed politics with him, and even went to war.

Later restrictions and impositions on women such as the veil were never, she finds, the intention of the Prophet. The author believes that Muslims will eventually feel the pressing neet to root their lives in a more liberating memory. Here is a bold reconciliation of feminism with the Prophet's thoughts and beliefs, for all who are concerned with the history and the future of the Islamic world. One of our most important feminist thinkers here makes a major contribution to the theorization of gender roles and sexual identity in the Islamic world.

Mernissi also looks at a variety of demographics including education and literacy - she shows their importance not only for empowering women but also for improving their health. She analyses the role of the state in prescribing women's roles, activities and spheres, and explores the insidious consequences of state-supported inequality - not only for women but also for the creative and spiritual life of a culture.

She presents a sustained analysis of some of the formulations of gender - such as the conflation of female rationality with unbridled sexuality. She also demonstrates the existence of a more open Islam at its historical origins, from which subsequent constructions emerge as strongly partisan. Throughout, Mernissi stresses how vital the emancipation of women is for the development of the Arab world. La femme est au confluent de toutes ces peurs. Der politische Harem : Mohammed und die Frauen by Fatima Mernissi Book 13 editions published between and in German and French and held by WorldCat member libraries worldwide.

Geschlecht, Ideologie, Islam by Fatima Mernissi Book 6 editions published between and in German and held by WorldCat member libraries worldwide. Die vergessene Macht : Frauen im Wandel der islamischen Welt by Fatima Mernissi Book 5 editions published between and in German and held by 88 WorldCat member libraries worldwide. Audience Level. Related Identities. Associated Subjects. Al-Marnisi, Fa. HQ, Project Page Feedback Known Problems.


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