Women's Rebellion and Islamic Memory

Overview

Chronicling ten years of research, this book presents a sustained analysis of the position of women in the world of contemporary Islam. One of the most important feminist thinkers, Fatima Mernissi here makes a major contribution to the theorisation of gender roles and sexual identity in the Islamic world.

The book first explores some of the concrete issues fundamental to the status of muslim women, such as the production of statistics which ...
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Overview

Chronicling ten years of research, this book presents a sustained analysis of the position of women in the world of contemporary Islam. One of the most important feminist thinkers, Fatima Mernissi here makes a major contribution to the theorisation of gender roles and sexual identity in the Islamic world.

The book first explores some of the concrete issues fundamental to the status of muslim women, such as the production of statistics which mask women's contribution to the economies of Arab states. Mernissi also looks at a variety of demographics including education and literacy - she shows their importance not only for empowering women but also for improving their health. She analyses the role of the state in prescribing women's roles, activities and spheres and explores the insidious consequences of state supported inequality - not only for women but for the creative and spiritual life of a culture.

She goes on to look at the position of women in Islamic thought and history and the construction of femininity in the muslim unconscious. She presents a sustained analysis of some of the Koranic formulations of gender, and demonstrates how very partisan the collective Islamic memory - of both history and theology - can be. Throughout, Mernissi argues that the emancipation of women is vital for the development of the Arab world.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781856493970
  • Publisher: Zed Books
  • Publication date: 7/15/1996
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 8.78 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
I Writing is Better than a Face-lift 1
II Rebuild Baghdad? But in What Galaxy? 8
III Morocco: The Merchant's Daughter and the Son of the Sultan 13
IV Women, Saints and Sanctuaries 21
V Virginity and Patriarchy 34
VI Population Planning Without Democracy? The Conflict between the Muslim State and Women 46
VII Women's Work 63
VIII The Jariya and the Caliph: Thoughts on the Place of Women in Muslim Political Memory 77
IX Women in Muslim History: Traditional Perspectives and New Strategies 92
X Femininity as Subversion: Reflection on the Muslim Concept of Nushuz 109
Index 121
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