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A Feminist Interpretation of Women's Rights in Islam

Fatima Mernissi

in Liberal Islam

Published in print October 1998 | ISBN: 9780195116212
Published online November 2007 |
  A Feminist Interpretation of Women's Rights in Islam

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Fatima Mernissi (Morocco, born 1940), one of the best known Arab-Muslim feminists, was part of the first generation of Moroccan women to be granted access to higher education. She studied at the Mohammed V University in Rabat and went on to receive her doctorate in sociology in the United States in 1973. She returned to Morocco to teach at her alma mater and currently works at a research institute in Rabat. She is a recognized public figure in her own country, and her work has been translated into several European languages. 1 According to a fellow academic, Mernissi is the first Muslim woman in the Middle East to succeed in extricating herself from the issue of cultural loyalty and betrayal that plagues so many Muslim feminists torn between their double identities. 2 According to a fellow African Muslim, Mernissi represents the aspirations of women who, while remaining Muslims, wish to live in modernity. 3 One of the recurring themes of Mernissi's work is the mistreatment of women in Islamic societies. In this excerpt, Mernissi argues that the Qur'an and other Islamic sources have been systematically misinterpreted on the subject of the position of women.

Chapter.  11476 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture ; Islam

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