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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Thank you for using the catalog. I know many Muslim women who wear the scarf yet seem to do it for show and know little about their religion. I found the book insightful and interesting.

Fatima Mernissi, The Veil and the Male Elite

She chanted to us the various stages of the hajj the pilgrinlage to Mecca while she nlade her bread. Al1d that his egalitarian message today sounds so foreign to many ill our Muslim societies that they claim it to fatimw imported is indeed one of the great enigmas of our times.

It can be that rare music that leads to dreaming or simply a dispiritillg routine. This can explain why a man like Abu Bakra needed to recall opportune traditions, his record being far from satisfactory, as he had refused to take part in the civil war. Otherwise, “we project our problems onto the ancestral text, and that projection impedes our understanding it.

All attempts at reflection on the problem of political status are swallowed up by the debate on this Hadith. Mernlssi prestigious collection of traditions, AI-Sahih The Authenticis in four volumes with all abstruse commentary by an al-Silldi who is extremely sparing with his comments.

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

What characterizes the modern West is its success in masking its fascination with death with a fascination with the future, thus freeing its creative energies. At the extreme, the present is a distressing contretemps to us. 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. Paperbackpages. One also finds it in the work of other authorities known for their scholarly rigor, such’as Ahmad Ibn Hanbal, the author of the Musnad and founder of the Hanbali Madhhab, one of the four great schools of jurisprudence of the Sunni Muslim world.


It may escape them, but to an outsider Europe and the USA are particularly rich in religious influences, in myths, tales, and traditions.

Only 36 women won election, as against 65, men! 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. How does one perform the daily ablutions? I fear I am going mad.

The Veil and the Male Elite

Everyone was caught up in the election [of the successor]; no one thought about the washing of the body nor of the burial. Eilte bias that I saw in the book was against Omar, may Allah be pleased with him. What the individual thinks is secondary for this definition. One can read among al-Bukhari’s “authentic” Hadith the following one: At least that is what I learned on my own.

The return to the past, mernissl return to tradition that men are demanding, is a means of putting things “back in order. I suppose I expected a feminist look at modern Muslim culture, and this book is really more a theological look at women’s rights and a historical look at how various verses of the Koran that are used to justify anti-feminist sentiments in Muslim cultures came to be included.

I found her and her people worshipping the sun instead of Allah.

She tries to re-read in specific the merjissi of ‘Hijab’ and tries to connect it to different incarnations of power relationships in different forms, like men-women relationships, eljte provisions, the role of military victories in the life of the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, and the provisions and history of slavery and the slaves of both genders.

There is no doubt that the critical methodology of the writer is very appealing and deserves alot of appreciation. Made accessible by a felicitious translation, this work will help to correct the widely held misconceptions about Islam and women and therefore deserves the widest audience.

Nevertheless, deep within himself, he wanted the direction of prayer to be toward the Ka ba, the sanctuary which had also been the qibla of Abraham and Ishmael. Excellent book which true to the title, provides a non-misogynist interpretation of Islamic texts in the context of women. The elite faction is trying to convince.

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This was the situation that Muhammad had described as the worst possible for Islam: Another of Mernissi’s deep academic works on women in Islam. Twelve of his men were killed, causing him distress, as he had hoped to win andd losses.

Arab civilization being a civilization of the written word, the only point of view we have on this question is that of Abu Hurayra. The most important criteria were moral.

So Muhammad, who was laying the groundwork for an Arab nationalist ideology, could only assert himself in one of two ways – either with the II support of the Jewish community or by combatting it if it discredited and denigrated him.

It is our duty as good Muslims to refresh their memories. While I understand that Mernissi has to use Islam and Islamic teachings to argues for her point, I wasn’t too impressed.

All contemporary demands for a return to Islam refer back to those fateful moments. This essay by a Moroccan sociologist a brilliant analysis of classical Islamic sources undertaken in a historical context shows that the Prophet wanted to create an egalitarian society based on individual responsibility but that the male elite subverted his efforts to retain privileges sanctioned by pre-Islamic tribalism.

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

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Women in the Hadith. It was while listening to him at a televised conference at the Rabat mosque, expounding his views on the initiative of the vekl with regard to religious texts, that I felt the necessity for a new interpretation of those texts. It is true that you are our umtn [mother, alluding to her title of “Mother of Believers,” which the Prophet bestowed mefnissi his wives during his last years]; it is true that as such you have rights over us.