Beyond the Veil: Male-Female Dynamics in a Modern Muslim

Beyond the Veil: Male-Female Dynamics in a Modern Muslim

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  1. Jamila Jamila says:

    What I appreciate about Mernissi is her frank and clear declarations of her worldview and purpose in writing this book She doesn't hide her dispositions in convoluted abstractions; writing on page 8 in a section entitled A Note to the Western Reader she says very clearly I believe that sexual ineuality the basis of both systems the way women are treated in the Muslim East and the Christian West It is clear that she sees religious worldview as the root of the problem of female euality a fact which is important to keep in mind while reading her essays She explains The uestion of women's liberation has been viewed almost exclusively as a religious problem the nationalists had advocated the liberation of women in the name of Islam's triumph not in the name of any genuine modern global ideologyThat said it seems that Mernissi failed to develop a full view of the situation in Morocco as it was at the time of her writing For example I would have liked her to analyze in depth the arguments of women advocating for women's rights and Islam Instead she villanizes everything with ties to Muslimhood The entire Muslim social structure can be seen as an attack on and a defense against the disruptive power of female sexuality 45 The totalizing nature of her arguments is on every page of this book and severely diminishes the scholarship she sought to do by interviewing women and allowing their voices to be heardFinally I would uestion what kind of genuine ideology Mernissi is advocating for in lieu of a religious one; as a worldview modern global ideologies are severely lacking in their essentialism and materialistic humanism they rely upon These ideologies have played a significant role in degrading women and it seems limited in scope to valorize something that she frankly does not spend a lot of time advocating for

  2. Sofia Sofia says:

    There were some insightful and interesting points made in this book but reading this book after Amina Wadud's uran and Woman and Asma Barlas' Believing Women it wasn't as riveting enlightening or inspiring I can see why though in its time it would have been groundbreaking and without doubt Mernissi can be credited for much of the application of liberationfeminist theory on readings of the uran and Islam sinceThe book is an interesting read but as can be expected it is somewhat outdated and there are in my opinion better books on the topic with relevant information and updated examples than this one

  3. Stephanie Stephanie says:

    I have very mixed feelings about this book For the most part I don't know enough about Islam and the Koran and the Prophet Mohammed to know whether the author is misrepresenting information or not I do think that the information and the history and the interpretations are presented in an informative and sometimes speculative way One major disagreement that I have with this book is in the conclusion she states that Arab women's liberation can surpass it's western liberal counterpart She says American women will get the right to abortion but it will take a long time before they can prevent the females body from being exploited as a marketable product It's statements like those that make me feel she is than a little biased and she fits into the American stereotypical critiue of an oppressed Muslim woman She goes on to say Muslim women on the contrary engage in a silent but explosive dialogue with the fragile ruling class whose major task is to secure economic growth plan for the future without exploitation and deprivation Now this book was written in the 70s and revised in the 80s I think modern Muslim woman today would have to disagree with Mernissi's speculation on Arab women's liberation It's happening but it's happening slowly

  4. Lucas Peters Lucas Peters says:

    A great look at Morocco and really much of North Africa as Mernissi delves deep into the psyche behind malefemale dynamics It is a book that explains a lot in clear precise language Perhaps the most shocking thing is that this was written 50 years ago and yet it still feels so current

  5. Jasmine Star Jasmine Star says:

    I don't even know where to start reviewing this book It i of an essay as most of her books are but it possesses a uality that makes you debate your idea of gender space euality I am still debating the ideas in this book with myself and others

  6. DoctorM DoctorM says:

    My last semester at law school I took an elective class on Women in Islamic Law with a visiting professor from France and Mernissi's Beyond the Veil was one of the assigned texts The class itself was an unexpected thrill I'd done a bit of Middle Eastern history in grad school long before but I knew very little about the role of women or about feminist theory in the Islamic world Mernissi's book was something I very much enjoyed reading a clearly written and incisive look at the way modern Islamic society regards women and at how women have responded This book was my introduction to Mernissi's writing almost a decade later I still very much recommend this book to anyone looking for a clear introduction to the issue of the role of women in the modern Muslim world

  7. Lexi Lexi says:

    A academic look at women in Islam but does explain the orthodox Muslim scholarship and tradition around the roles of women in Islam Mernissi is a Moroccan intellectual and most of her books are pretty heavy this one is only moderately so My favorite book of hers is her autobiography of growing up in a harem in Moroccofacinating and an easy to read narrative

  8. Sylvia Sylvia says:

    First written in 1075 then edited and re published in 1985 the book read thirty years later is obviously dated with some dynamics having already changed in some Islamic countries Living as an expat female in an Arab Muslim country has led me to some observations and uestions Some of these were answered in the book such as the patriarchal structure it's Islamic roots and history In some Arab countries it is slowly becoming eual The varied interpretations of the uran and it's applications in societal law were helpful in my understanding of though not accepting of the basis for beliefs in female coverings and veils polygamy etc The author examines traditional Muslim society and offers hope that liberation of women is necessary to adapt but not a precursor to losing touch with Islamic faith and culture Having lived and travelled in countries where Islam is the dominant religion but the Islamic culture as seen in the Gulf Region is not I know that it is possible for all Islamic adherents to be treated fairly and eually it is a goal to be strived for

  9. Stef Stef says:

    As someone who doesn't know much about Islam I found many fascinating historical facts hereThis was based on a phd thesis and often it made reading it slightly jarring Also although this is a new edition with the exception of a new forward it has not been updated from the early 1970s It is excellent from a historical perspective however I would be very interested to see how the situations is in the Muslim world and especially in Morocco today

  10. Laura Hartmark Laura Hartmark says:

    Societies that believe in internal control do not utilize external controls Societies that utilize external controls do not believe in internal controls This one insight makes this book worthwhile An essential read for Judeo Christians and Westerners struggling with understanding the position of women in muslim societies

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Beyond the Veil: Male-Female Dynamics in a Modern Muslim Society ❰Read❯ ➫ Beyond the Veil: Male-Female Dynamics in a Modern Muslim Society Author Fatema Mernissi – Reuired reading — Elizabeth Fernea The University of Texas at AustinIf a reader were to select only one book in order to gain insight into women's status and prospects in Islamic society this study s Reuired reading — Elizabeth Fernea The University of Veil: Male-Female eBook ✓ Texas at AustinIf a reader were to select only one book in order to gain insight into women's status and prospects in Islamic society this study should be the one chosen for its clarity honesty depth of knowledge and thought provoking ualities — Arab Book WorldIn this expanded and updated edition with a new introduction on Muslim women and fundamentalism Mernissi argues that Islamic Beyond the Epub / fundamentalism is in part a defense against recent changes in sex roles and perceptions of sexual identity.

  • Hardcover
  • 200 pages
  • Beyond the Veil: Male-Female Dynamics in a Modern Muslim Society
  • Fatema Mernissi
  • English
  • 21 May 2016
  • 9780253311627

About the Author: Fatema Mernissi

فاطمة المرنيسيMernissi was born into a middle class Veil: Male-Female eBook ✓ family She received her primary education in a school established by the nationalist movement and secondary level education in an all girls school funded by the French protectorate In she studied political science at the Sorbonne and at Brandeis University where she earned her doctorate She returned to work at the Mohammed V University and taught at the Faculté des Lettres between Beyond the Epub / and on subjects such as methodology family sociology and psycho sociology She has become noted internationally mainly as an Islamic feministAs an Islamic feminist Mernissi was largely concerned with Islam and women's roles in it analyzing the historical development of Islamic thought and its modern manifestation Through a detailed investigation of the nature of the succession to Muhammad she cast doubt on the validity of some of the hadith sayings and traditions the Veil: Male-Female PDF È attributed to him and therefore the subordination of women that she saw in Islam but not necessarily in the ur'anAs a sociologist Mernissi did fieldwork mainly in Morocco On several occasions in the late s and early s she conducted interviews in order to map prevailing attitudes to women and work She did sociological research for UNESCO and ILO as well as for the Moroccan authorities In the late s and in the the Veil: Male-Female Dynamics in MOBI :å s Mernissi contributed articles to periodicals and other publications on women in Morocco and women and Islam from a contemporary as well as from a historical perspectiveIn Mernissi was awarded the Prince of Asturias Award along with Susan SontagMernissi was a lecturer at the Mohammed V University of Rabat and a research scholar at the University Institute for Scientific Research in the same city.