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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Sex and Marriage Before Islam. As a feminist, her work represents an attempt to undermine the mernisis and political systems that silence and oppress Muslim women.

For Mernissi, Islamic sexual aftima 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 thw legal subordination of women. The Meaning of Spatial Boundaries 9. Returning to Morocco, she joined the sociology department at Mohammed V University. Drawing on popular source materials, Mernissi explores the disorientating beyon of modern life on male-female relations, looks at the male-female unit as a basic element of the structure of vell Muslim world.

Email Subscription Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Andersen Snippet view – Turning her attention to 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.


From the writing of her first book, Beyond the Veil: References to this book Thinking about Women: About What’s New Log in. Soros Oria April 4, at 7: Introduction to the Revised Edition Preface: Customer Reviews Comments There are currently no reviews Write a review on this title.

In her view, the Muslim ideal of the silent, passive, obedient woman has nothing to do with the authentic message of Islam. Regarded as a classic book in the United States, Beyond the Veil has never been available in Britain. 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.

Since women are considered by Allah to be a destructive element, they are to be spatially confined and excluded from matters other than those merniissi the family.

Mernissi, Fatima

She is a recognized public figure in her own country and abroad, especially in France, where she is well known in feminist circles. With an OverDrive account, you can save your favorite libraries for at-a-glance information about availability. Andersen Snippet view – Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone.

Born in Fez to a middle-class family, Mernissi studied at the Mohammed V University in Rabat and later went to Paris, where she worked briefly as a journalist. From inside the book. This revised and updated version finally fills that gap.


Fatima Mernissi studied political science and sociology at Mohammed V University where she is now a researcher. Interviews with Moroccan Women. Her major books have been translated into several languages, including English, German, Dutch, hhe Japanese.

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In her new introduction, she argues that women’s invasion of the plus Arab satellite channels in the twenty-first century, as show anchors and film and video stars, supports her theory that Islam as a religion celebrates female power. She writes regularly on women’s issues in the popular press, participates in public debates promoting the cause of Muslim women internationally, and has supervised the publication of a series of books fatimq the legal status of women in Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia.

Mernissi’s work explores the veip of this historically constituted ideological system on the construction of gender and the organization of domestic and political life in Muslim society today. Account Options Sign in. I am glad this book has solid information. As one of the best known Arab-Muslim feminists, Mernissi’s influence extends beyond a narrow circle of intellectuals. Other editions – View all Beyond the Veil: Recent Posts Further Feminist Readings?

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