This e-book provides a close serious research of the paintings of Fatima Mernissi. Mernissi is taken into account to be one of many significant figures in Feminist notion for either Morocco and Muslim society ordinarily. This paintings discusses Mernissi's highbrow trajectory from 'secular' to 'Islamic' feminism with a purpose to hint the evolution of so-called Islamic feminist conception. The ebook additionally engages severely with the paintings of alternative Muslim feminists, utilizing frameworks and ways constructed within the works of Muslim reformist thinkers, specifically Mohammad Arkoun and Nasr Abu Zaid, with the purpose of enticing the theorization of this rising feminism.
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Most important, my central objective in examining her scholarship is to engage in the ongoing discussion on ‘Islamic feminist theory,’ significantly initiated by the works of Margot Badran, Miriam Cooke, Ziba Mir-Hosseini, Valentine Moghadam, Afshaneh Najmabadi, and many others. I use as a strategy the deconstruction of Mernissi’s work in comparison with other scholarship described as Islamic feminism, especially the work of Leila Ahmed, Amina Wadud, Kecia Ali, Asma Barlas, and Sa’diyya Shaikh.
71 Shaikh, “Cultivating Feminist Trajectories in Islamic Ethics” (paper presented at the international workshop, “Reconsidering ‘Islamic Feminism’: Deconstruction or the Quest of Authenticity,” Institute of Advanced Study in Berlin, Berlin, April 26, 2007). 72 Lazreg, The Eloquence of Silence: Algerian Women in Question (London and New York: Routledge, 1994), 15. , 8. 69 introduction 27 Islamic Feminism: An Oxymoron? ’ Surprisingly, the resistance to this term came from both secularists and conservatives.
Net. 10 introduction during the 1960s through the 1980s, known in Morocco as ‘les années de plomb’ (years of lead). Mernissi is thus contributing to the writing of an important episode of Moroccan history marked by violent state repression against dissidents from women’s perspectives. ”27 Another recent project deals with women carpet weavers in the Moroccan High Atlas region. Within this framework, Mernissi, accompanied by a woman carpet weaver, took part in a project called “The Casablanca Dream,” initiated by Indian scholar and activist Devaki Jain during an international meeting in Casablanca in 2007.
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