Download PDF by Doris H. Gray: Beyond Feminism and Islamism: Gender and Equality in North

By Doris H. Gray

ISBN-10: 1780761813

ISBN-13: 9781780761817

Are girls in North Africa and the center East ""feminist?"" Or is being a Muslim incompatible with feminism? Is there this kind of factor as ""Islamic feminism?"" via interviews with Moroccan activists and jurists – either female and male – and through situating those interviews inside their socio-political and financial contexts, Doris grey addresses those questions. by way of doing so, she makes an attempt to maneuver past the easy bifurcation of ""feminist"" and ""Islamist"" to examine the various features of inner gender discourse inside of one Muslim kingdom, taking into consideration a extra nuanced realizing of the dialogue on women's rights within the Muslim international typically. The prestige and the function of ladies is likely one of the so much hotly debated issues in the course of the center East and North Africa, and this can be relatively obvious via this dialogue of what it skill to interact with and advertise feminist concept and activities within the quarter.

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In the foreword to Essafi’s book, The Moroccan Woman: Morals – Social Conditions – Evolution, Ginerva Hubac wrote: ‘To be a feminist is first and foremost wanting dignity for women. Dignity through freedom, dignity through equality. North Africans should not be terrified by these concepts. ’ This text, written nearly 80 years ago, puts into perspective current discussions of women’s rights in Morocco and the larger North African region. 11 He wrote then as one would nowadays: The condition of Arab women – the woman in Islam – has always been confused, mixed in with all sorts of other problems.

With this comment, she picked up her delicate gold-rimmed glass and took a sip of strong, sweet mint tea, indicating that the discussion on this topic was over. As with most pioneers, Mernissi’s work caused controversy when it first appeared, especially among fellow Moroccan scholars. It is certainly possible that envy at her rapid international success played a role in the animosity she faced, particularly from her male peers. Much of the scholarly criticism concerned her assertion that the Qur’an needs to be historicized.

The Muslim world needs to take the example of the West and bring forth its own champions of feminism. 22 In advocating for a ‘feminist Islam’, scholars at that time set out to show how certain degrading practices that were incorporated into the Malekite23 school of law were contrary to the spirit of Islam. Chapter 3 extends this idea by addressing the scholarly method of maqasid; that is, the method for exploring the spirit or meaning behind laws in a manner that differs from legalistic, formulaic interpretations and is employed today in the promotion of a third way, namely a new interpretation of Qur’anic scriptures that addresses the needs of a modern society.

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