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

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Perseus Books, 1991 - Religion - 228 pages
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Mernissi endeavors to show that discrimination against women, so common in the Muslim world today, is not a fundamental tenet of Islam as many contemporary male Muslims would like us to believe. Her basic premise is that Islam is inherently egalitarian and, using extensive documentation from the Koran, the Hadith, and other Islamic historical commentary, Mernissi proves her hypothesis.

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Contents

Sacred Text as Political Weapon
13
The Three Fateful Years
83
The Hijab Descends on Medina
180
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About the author (1991)

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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