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The Veil and the Male Elite: A Feminist Interpretation of Women’s Rights in Islam. Fatema Mernissi, Author, Fatima Mernissi, Author Addison Wesley Publishing. The Veil and the Male Elite. A Feminist Interpretation of Women’s Rights in Islam. by Fatima Mernissi. translated by Mary Jo Lakeland. Title, The veil and the male elite: a feminist interpretation of women’s rights in Islam / Fatima Mernissi ; translated by Mary Jo Lakeland. Author, Mernissi, Fatima .

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According to the meticulous al-Nasa’i, Maymuna, one of the wives of the Prophet he had nine at the time that concerns us here, the last years of his life in Medinasaid: We Muslim women can walk into the modern world with pride, knowing that the quest for dignity, democracy, and human rights, for full participation in the political and social affairs of our country, stems from no inlported Western values, but is a true part of the Muslim tradition.

The most astonishing thing is that the skepticism that guided the work of the founders of religious scholarship has disappeared today.

This book is intended to be a narrative of recollection, gliding toward the areas where memory breaks down, dates get mixed up, and events softly blur together, as in the dreams from which we draw our strength. Recommended for academic libraries and others with women’s studies or Middle East collections. Muhammad ,ernissi quietly at home at a ekite old age. Why, when he was about it, didn’t he order them to shave their heads?

What can we women COllclude fronl the Euro-American situatioll? The answer is to be found in the Koran and in the Hadith establishing the Sunna of the Prophet, his tradition. In an Arabia where power predominated, where the saber was king, this prophet, who publicly stated that he preferred wonlen to men, was preaching a very unusual message.

On the contrary, it was the fate of that whole population of “uprooted” people who suffered from the doubts hanging over their paternity, and whose lives reflected their resulting subordinate status.

Any lllan who believes that a Muslim. They will justify war and peace.

Fatima Mernissi, The Veil and the Male Elite

The sex act imposes a more elaborate ritual for the grown man and woman, and after menstruating the woman nlust wash her entire body according to a precise ritual. But to do this, he had to do outrageous violence to Muhammad as a historical person about whom we have copious documentation.


Many of the biographies of the Companions begin with one or two sentences by the authors about the difficulty they have had in tracing the paternity of their subjects. However, Omar justifies this on her behalf by saying that in return of all of the effort she does to serve him she has the right to be overlooked when she screams some times.

What is certain is that Abu Hurayra, long before Zionism, was attacked by Companions of his own generation. No part jale this publication Inay be reproduced, stored in a re- trieval systeln, or transnutted, in any fornl or by any Ineans, electronic, ll1echan- ical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without the prior written pennission of the publisher.

Although Khadija could not know that I5 years later the man she married would be the prophet of a new religion, she was nevertheless convinced that he was no ordinary husband, and she had complete confidence in him.

The fact that, over the course of centuries, we have seen believers who criticize and judge replaced by muzzled, censored, obedient, and grateful Muslims in no way detracts from this fundamental dimension of Islam.

The writer tries to re-read the Islamic heritage of knowledge fourteen centuries later in a feminist critical eye. This makes me want to shed light on those obscure zones of resistance, those entrenched attitudes, in order to understand the symbolic – even explosive – significance of that act which elsewhere in the world is.

Once he had overcome the surprise of the revelation of the first verses, Muhammad became accustomed to the unexpected, mysterious rhythm of the revelations.

The veil and the male elite: a feminist interpretation of women’s rights in Islam

There were so many liars who tried to put into the mouth of the Prophet words that would benefit them, Abu Zahra tells us, that Qadi Ayad undertook to set up a classification of them. Summary Convinced that the veil is a symbol of unjust male authority over women, in The Veil and the Male EliteMoroccan feminist Fatima Mernissi aims to investigate the origins of the practice in the first Islamic community. Apparently Abu Hurayra, that Companioll who put woman in the same category as the ass and the dog as disturbances for the believer, did not at all understand his risala messagesince he nlade woman an element that interrupted worship by “interposing herself between him and the qibla.

The smallest mistake about the informant can cost you months of work. At the extreme, the present is a distressing contretemps to us. In AD they had just chased him out of Mecca.


The Veil and the Male Elite: A Feminist Interpretation of Women’s Rights in Islam

The era of the colonial army and its parades past the headquarters of the resident general is finished. Isn’t challenging the caliph by inciting the population to sedition and civil war participating in political life? Jerusalem had to be abandoned as a symbol; it represented a greater danger than Mecca. Open Preview See a Problem? It was necessary to replace the Prophet in both his political and his legislative role. Mernidsi “I – I hardly know, sir, just at present – at least I know who I was when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then.

According to Moroccan sociologist Mernissi Beyond the Veilthe founder of Islam asserted the equality of women, rejected slavery and envisioned an egalitarian society.

The veil and the male elite : a feminist interpretation of women’s rights in Islam

The new Vietnam smacks of debt and the voices, so far away on the telephone, of the experts of the World Ans and the International Monetary Fund. It was taught to us in a Koranic school in mernissu particularly ferocious manner. It is a civilization that irresistibly imposes itself and erases all the others through homogenization: His will is law, and He has revealed it once and for all for everyone.

He was held in very high regard among his people: I have seen groups of the most eminent companions of the Prophet ask her questions concerning the fara’id [the daily duties of the Muslim, the rituals, etc. And to think that, just before, Allah had united the ranks of the Muslinls and purged their hearts of hate. Is it of more than merely anecdotal significance to say that this man made a success of his life, private as well as public?

View all 4 comments. Women fled aristocratic tribal Mecca by the thousands to enter Medina, the Prophet’s city in the severith century, because Islam promised equality and dignity for all, for men and women, masters and servants.