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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Beyond the Veil

In this book I want to demonstrate that there is a fundamental contradiction between Islam as interpreted in official policy and equality between the sexes. Muslim marriage is based on male dominance.

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. Female access to non-domestic space is put under the control of makes.


Quite the contrary, it affirms the potential equality between the sexes.

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The point Mernissi makes in the second paragraph seems particularly important to me: The early Muslimahs were strong, powerful, independent women! I am glad this book has solid information. I read an earlier book by Mernissi which was very impressionistic and male-focused.

Mernissi seems to agree with what Ahed says, as well as other Muslim women. Whether Islam fatiima to blame, or the males who interpret her role as such, is immaterial.

If Muslims want gender equality and justice, they have to work for it. No one can give it to them. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Twitter account.

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