BEYOND THE VEIL BY FATIMA MERNISSI PDF

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.

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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.

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Fatema Mernissi

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.

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From inside the book. Sexual Anomie As Revealed by the Data. Beyond the Veil Internationally renowned sociologist Fatima Mernissi argues that many Muslim scholars historically portrayed women as active and in posession of an aggressive sexuality. Sex and Marriage Before Islam.

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