The Veil And The Male Elite: A Feminist Interpretation Of Women's Rights In Islam

Paperback | December 21, 1992

byFatima Mernissi

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Convinced that the veil is a symbol of unjust male authority over women, in The Veil and the Male Elite, Moroccan feminist Fatima Mernissi aims to investigate the origins of the practice in the first Islamic community.

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'Fatima Mernissi has more ideas per book than any other thinker in the Middle East. Her later works increasingly integrate her brilliant ideas into sustained and compelling discourse that is very much worthy of attention.'Laurence O. Michalak

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Convinced that the veil is a symbol of unjust male authority over women, in The Veil and the Male Elite, Moroccan feminist Fatima Mernissi aims to investigate the origins of the practice in the first Islamic community.

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'Fatima Mernissi has more ideas per book than any other thinker in the Middle East. Her later works increasingly integrate her brilliant ideas into sustained and compelling discourse that is very much worthy of attention.'Laurence O. Michalak

Fatema Mernissi teaches sociology at University Mohammed V in Rabat, Morocco. She is the author of more than eight books, including Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood, Scheherazade Goes West, The Veil and the Male Elite, and Beyond the Veil.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:December 21, 1992Publisher:Basic Books

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ISBN - 10:0201632217

ISBN - 13:9780201632217

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Marvelous inquiry into Islamic tradition Fatima Mernissi's careful research is fascinating and challenging. Here is a brilliant Muslim woman on a quest to separate the wheat from the chaff in her tradition. Like the great scholar Al-Bukhari she exposes cases of fraudulence, where self-interested parties tried to impose their own prejudices as articles of faith. But at the same time Mernissi reveals an inspiring earlier version of Islam, where devotion to real partnership and equality prevails. I think Mernissi's work is at least as important as any recent writing by Christian scholars toward uncovering the historical Jesus and the original face of Christianity.
Date published: 2004-11-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Mernissi's way In reading Mernissi's well researched Islamic overview of female rights one must recognize the dispassionate tone by which good sense makes good sense. Mernissi not only backs up her point that the secularization of male dominance is very loosely based but renders a cultural conviction that change must come upon it by the essential education of the masses. "The Veil And The Male Elite" is the essential to an education towards change in a culture which propheses the equality of human kind. The category of feminism takes on a womanhood with Mernissi's highly slyled and comprehensive technique. The point made is with humour and appreciation of a first hand experince and that makes reading Mernissi a pleasure in educating oneself.
Date published: 2000-07-06

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'Fatima Mernissi has more ideas per book than any other thinker in the Middle East. Her later works increasingly integrate her brilliant ideas into sustained and compelling discourse that is very much worthy of attention.'Laurence O. Michalak