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Beyond feminism and Islamism : gender and equality in North Africa /
Doris H. Gray.
imprint
London ; New York : I.B. Tauris, 2013.
description
viii, 239 p. ; 22 cm.
ISBN
1780761813 (hbk.), 9781780761817 (hbk.)
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imprint
London ; New York : I.B. Tauris, 2013.
isbn
1780761813 (hbk.)
9781780761817 (hbk.)
catalogue key
8752235
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [225]-235) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2013-09-01:
Gray (Florida State Univ.), author of Muslim Women on the Move (CH, Nov'08, 46-1784), provides a comprehensive overview of current discourses on women's rights in Morocco through analysis and interviews. In chapter 1 she explains how debates over women's rights invariably intersect with larger questions of national and religious identity. She offers an interview with Muslim feminist Fatima Mernissi and a fascinating account of a conversation that took place among unrelated passengers on a five-and-a-half-hour train ride. "Feminism and Its Discontents" provides an equally pointed critique of Western feminism and women-led Islamist organizations in Morocco. Chapter 3 depicts a "third way" beyond Islamism and feminism as an "alternative paradigm" that "de-secularizes" gender equality without engaging the West. This middle ground calls for a reinterpretation of Islam in the light of its reformist spirit rather than its historically specific laws. Gray situates gender at the center of the recent developments in the Middle East and ponders the future of Morocco. Overall, by dwelling on the case of Morocco, the author counters pedestrian analyses that often overlook the specificity of women's conditions in Muslim-majority countries. Summing Up: Recommended. Suitable for undergraduates and general readers. S. Gomaa Salve Regina University
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Are women in North Africa and the Middle East 'feminist'? Or is being a Muslim incompatible with feminism? Through interviews with Moroccan activists and jurists, both male and female, and by situating these interviews within their socio-political and economic contexts, Doris Gray addresses these questions.
Main Description
Are women in North Africa and the Middle East efeminist? Or is being a Muslim incompatible with feminism? Is there such a thing as Islamic feminism? Through interviews with Moroccan activists and jurists both male and female and by situating these interviews within their socio political and economic contexts, Doris Gray addresses these questions. By doing so, she attempts to move beyond the simple bifurcation of feminist and Islamist to look at the many facets of internal gender discourse within one Muslim country, allowing for a more nuanced understanding of the discussion on women's rights in the Muslim world in general. The status and the role of women is one of the most hotly debated topics throughout the Middle East and North Africa, and this is particularly visible through this discussion of what it means to engage with and promote feminist thought and actions in the region.
Main Description
Are women in North Africa and the Middle East "feminist?" Or is being a Muslim incompatible with feminism? Is there such a thing as "Islamic feminism?" Through interviews with Moroccan activists and jurists - both male and female - and by situating these interviews within their socio-political and economic contexts, Doris Gray addresses these questions. By doing so, she attempts to move beyond the simple bifurcation of "feminist" and "Islamist" to look at the many facets of internal gender discourse within one Muslim country, allowing for a more nuanced understanding of the discussion on women's rights in the Muslim world in general. The status and the role of women is one of the most hotly debated topics throughout the Middle East and North Africa, and this is particularly visible through this discussion of what it means to engage with and promote feminist thought and actions in the region.
Main Description
Are women in North Africa and the Middle East "feminist?" Or is being a Muslim incompatible with feminism? Is there such a thing as "Islamic feminism?" Through interviews with Moroccan activists and jurists both male and female and by situating these interviews within their socio-political and economic contexts, Doris Gray addresses these questions. By doing so, she attempts to move beyond the simple bifurcation of "feminist" and "Islamist" to look at the many facets of internal gender discourse within one Muslim country, allowing for a more nuanced understanding of the discussion on women's rights in the Muslim world in general. The status and the role of women is one of the most hotly debated topics throughout the Middle East and North Africa, and this is particularly visible through this discussion of what it means to engage with and promote feminist thought and actions in the region.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgementsp. vii
Note on Transliterationp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Civil rights and women's rightsp. 2
Modernity and traditionp. 4
Another scramble for Africap. 5
Morocco at the crossroadsp. 8
West meets Eastp. 11
Overview of the bookp. 12
And God Created Eve...p. 15
Islam as state religionp. 17
Patriarchyp. 19
The West's obsession with Muslim womenp. 21
Feminism before feminismp. 25
Pioneer of Islamic feminism: Fatima Mernissip. 31
The war on terrorism and women's rightsp. 39
Changing laws, changing minds: The Personal Status Code reformp. 41
A royal tussle over reformp. 46
The perils of legal reformp. 49
Women in national developmentp. 54
Modern traditions or traditionally modernp. 57
A view from a trainp. 58
Feminism and its Discontentsp. 63
Social stability and the role of womenp. 77
The lessons of the marketplacep. 78
Islamic discourses on womenp. 81
The Justice and Charity movementp. 89
Sheikh Abdessalam Yassine and his daughterp. 93
Sisters of Eternityp. 102
Women's special dispensationp. 107
Abortionp. 112
Gender equality versus gender justicep. 115
A renewal of feminine consciousnessp. 118
Going it alonep. 124
Islamist women leadersp. 130
A Third Wayp. 132
Sacred or secularp. 136
Morocco's hybrid identityp. 140
Caravans for equalityp. 145
A doctor's prescriptionp. 151
The Mohammedian Council of Religious Scholarsp. 161
Intent or purposep. 164
Female religious leadersp. 172
The Way Forwardp. 177
The Tunisian revolution and the Arab springp. 178
Gender and religionp. 187
Gender and democracyp. 188
Gender and Islamistsp. 190
Who is a proper Muslim?p. 192
Gay rightsp. 194
New activists, new demandsp. 195
International conventionsp. 198
Conclusionsp. 205
Glossary of Arabic Termsp. 209
Notesp. 213
Bibliographyp. 225
Indexp. 237
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