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

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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.
Paperback, 228 pages
Published December 21st 1992 by Basic Books (first published 1988)
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peiman-mir5 rezakhani
دوستان گرانقدر و خردگرا، این نویسندۀ بیخرد که اندکی کرامتِ زن بودنش را فهم نکرده است، به قولِ خودش میخواهد از حقوقِ زنان حمایت کند، ولی در سرتاسرِ این کتابِ پوشالی سعی دارد که بگوید: مسلمانان حقوقِ « زن» را رعایت نکردند، ولی ارتباطی به «محّمد رسول الله» ندارد
نویسندۀ بیخرد و عرب پرست، اگر به محمد ارتباط ندارد، به چه کسی ارتباط دارد؟!!... عزیزان و دوستانِ ایرانی، به چند موردِ از سخنانِ این به اصطلاح پیامبرِ بزرگ که مردم عرب پرست ما او را الگو قرار داده اند، و در زیر نوشته ام، دقت کنید و با شرفِ خو
Apr 15, 2009 Angela rated it liked it
Shelves: sd-fem-bookclub
The Veil and the Male Elite is a tricky book to rate, since I am definitely not its target audience. 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.

My knowledge of early Muslim history was greatly enhanced by reading this, and yet I felt something of a Sunni bias creepin
Ameera H.  Al-mousa
مميزة عالمة الإجتماع المغربية فاطمةالمرنيسي في الطرح وأسلوب السرد.

هل يمكن لأمرأة أن تقود المسلمين ؟!
بتتبع منهج تاريخي إسلامي لقضية النساء في الإسلام مع النبي والسياسة وحديث مُفصل عن تناول الأئئمة للسنة وحديث " لم يفلح قوم ولوا أمرهم أمرأة " .

تطرقت للدور الحاسم الذي لعبتهُ عائشة رضي الله عنها , في حياة الخليفتين, عثمان وعلي .

ثم أتبعتها بقراءة وضع النساء مع السفهاء والعبودية والأماء والبغاء والجدلية حول اللواط انتهاء بفرضية الحجاب في المدينة المنورة .

لها عدة كتب نسوية رائعه جداً .

Jun 03, 2015 Chris rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Mummy, those interested in headscarf debate
Recommended to Chris by: Mona Eltahaway
Shelves: feminist, religion, work

Mernissi’s book is a history of Islam and the introduction of the veil. She draws upon Islamic scholar, to prove her thesis that the veil is social construct more than a religious must. Her chapter about the hiqab is game changing.

In part, her thesis is that the Prophet was too progressive for the men of the time, that what he was advocating was too much of a change upon tribal customs where men were able to dominate. What is also interesting, though Mernissi does not focus or really mention
Sep 22, 2012 Noor rated it really liked it
It took me more than one month to finish the book.

The book is a very deep one, with alot of dense ideas that needs slow and careful reading in order to digest them fairly (specially for some one who is a beginner in philosophy like me).

There is no doubt that the critical methodology of the writer is very appealing and deserves alot of appreciation. The writer tries to re-read the Islamic heritage of knowledge fourteen centuries later in a feminist critical eye. She tries to re-read in specific t
Sep 02, 2010 Ali rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
اعتبر هذا من الكتب الاساسية عن قضية المرأة السياق الاسلامي، من باحثة مهمة تتمتع بحس الاطلاع والموضوعية وجودة العرض
Khulood Shkokani
Mar 18, 2016 Khulood Shkokani rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
أحيانا نرى السفر لذاكرة التاريخ مصيدة تخاف أن تعلق فيها للأبد، وأحيانا نراه ترفا لا نملك له وقت في هذه الحياة الضيقة، وأحيانا يكون واجبا بحثا عن إجابات لأسئلة حيرتنا كثيرا، وضع الخطوط، وتصنيف الحقائق من الأوهام. والمرنيسي اختارت الصفة الأخيرة للبحث، لتمسك بعقولنا وتقودنا إلى المدينة، حيث كانت بدايات تشكل المجتمع الإسلامي، فتنقب هناك عن الحجاب، عن بدايات الحركة النسسوية لأم سلمة، عن الرق، عن مشاركة النساء في السياسة وعائشة مثالا، عن الغنيمة والحرب، عن سل
طة عمر الذكورية، وعن جمال سكينة بلنت الحسين
Sarah Lameche
Jul 20, 2014 Sarah Lameche rated it really liked it
Shelves: women-and-islam
Well what an interesting book. I am a hijabi myself but do not wear my scarf believing that it is something I have to wear to be a 'proper Muslim woman'. On the contrary I wear my scarf as a form of Dawah. To show those who are not Muslim that I am a normal woman just like any one else. I am not a terrorist or abused woman. I wear the scarf by choice not force. However I may one day take off my scarf (shock horror, here come the lectures). If I do this will also be my choice. I know many Muslim ...more
Amal Shoeib
Nov 27, 2013 Amal Shoeib rated it did not like it
The moment I glanced the word "liar" associated with Abu Bakr and Abu huraira ,I was mentally shut to any ideas of the book. I neither liked it nor I trusted the references mentioned.
Jan 26, 2016 Stephanie rated it liked it
This book reads like the Old Testament. It is a series of scriptures, stories and historical findings about the prophet and his wives that are used to argue for female equality and against the hijab. While I understand that Mernissi has to use Islam and Islamic teachings to argues for her point, I wasn't too impressed. I would recommend this book for anyone who wants to learn more about Islam and its history from a feminist(-ish) perspective.

The best comparison I can make for western readers is
Ahmad Sharabiani
حماسه ای از دغدغه ها و کشاکش ها، رنج ها و شادی ها، نا کامی ها و پیروزی ها، و لحظه های پرثمر تلاش انسانی که برای ساختن جهانی متفاوت کوشید، جهانی که در آن، گستره ی برابری و محبت و مهر تا بی کرانه ها گسترده باشد، آزادی و شان و منزلت انسانی تا جایگاه واقعی اش فراز آورده شود
May 25, 2014 Adrian rated it really liked it
Something by Mernissi should be required reading for everyone that studies the Middle East or Islam. This would be high on my list of recommendations.
Noor Sabah
Apr 11, 2015 Noor Sabah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Only with long pauses and careful reading , this book is so good .
So many sociology , so many incidents to " rethink" about it .
Jun 15, 2015 Mona rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
قراءة مغلوطة للتاريخ، وتوظيف غير علمي لحوادث مروية في كتب التاريخ دون تمحيص لمصداقيتها
علاء بريك
أول تجربة مع فاطمة المرنيسي و كانت دون المتوقع!
في الحريم السياسي تتحدث فاطمة عن خط الحرية النسائية و تغيراته مع الزمن وتتخذ مثالاً للنساء تختصره بعائشة و أم سلمة و تغفل باقي نساء النبي و باقي النساء من المدينة و مكة وحتى دور خديجة و تقدم فكرتها بشيء من العجلة كما أنها تناولت عدة أحداث و لكن دون أن تعطي لكل حدث حقه من الشرح و التحليل.
نقطة أخرى مهمة هي الشواهد التي استشهدت بها فهي لا تكتفي بتحوير النص الذي اقتبسته مما يوقع القارئ في لبس و يمكن مراجعة الهوامش و المقارنة لنجد أن المرنيسي لم تلتزم بع
Jun 30, 2014 Dr.Abdulkarem rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
كتاب فريد من نوعه؛ تتناول فيه الكاتبة/ فاطمة المرنيسي؛ بأسلوب شيق، وصياغة التاريخ؛ بأسلوب عصري؛ قضية حقوق المرأة؛ في ظل العهد النبوي؛ إذ جاءت الملة المحمدية؛ بتغييرات؛ في صالح المرأة؛ تميزت عن الملتين: اليهودية، والمسيحية؛ من جهة، وعن النظام القبلي؛ في العهد الجاهلي... وقد تمحورت مشكلة المرأة؛ في العهد النبوي، في القرون التي تلت؛ في عقبتين: أولهما: الحق السياسي؛ كمرشحة، والعقبة الأخرى: حق المرأة؛ في الانخراط في الحروب؛ كالرجل؛ من أجل الغنائم.. كلا العقبتين؛ لم يتم حلها؛ بالنسية للمرأة؛ إلا أنها ...more
Khansa Thamir
أسلوب الكاتبة مشوق وطريقة عرضها رائعة فعلا، وقد أعجبني حديثها حول الرقابة الذاتية وحول مجتمع يكون الفرد محترما وله حقوق انطلاقا من الصلة بالله.

ولكن يعيب كتابها عدم تسلسل الأفكار المنطقي.

كما أنني أراها تدخل تفسيرها الشخصي للأحداث -مع أنها تشدد على أهمية الموضوعية في بعض أجزاء كتابها- مما أدى بها إلى التشكيك بشخصيات بعض رواة الحديث كأبي هريرة وأبي بكرة والاستناد إلى مصادر غير موثوقة أحياناً من أجل إقناع القارئ مما ينقص من مصداقية كلامها، وكذلك كان حديثها عن عمر بن الخطاب "أحد المبشرين بالجنة" حين
Mohammad Mirzaali
برخلافِ عنوان فرعیِ کتاب -«برداشتی نوین از حقوق زن در اسلام»- با خواندنِ این سیصد صفحه هیچ قالب و طرح منسجمی برای دفاعی نوین از حقوق زنان در اسلام به چشمام نیامد. مرنیسی مثل اغلب روشنفکرانِ دیندار در جهانسوم از فقرِ منابع مطالعاتی و نوعی انشانویسی رنج میبرد. اغلب ارجاعاتِ نویسنده محدود به «صحیح» بخاری، «فتح الباری» عسقلانی و «تفسیر» طبری و گاهی «سیره»ی ابنهشام اند. استدلالهای مرنیسی نوعاً از جنس استحسان و منطقگریز اند؛ مثلاً در فصلی تمام همّ و غمّ نویسنده زمینهکاویِ یکی-دو تا حدیث روایتشده در تح ...more
May 16, 2010 Zelekha rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, feminism
This book is what I had been searching for for a very long time! A book written by a (1) female (2) religious (3) scholar. I learned an immense amount of knowledge regarding the social, religious, political and personal circumstances involving the Prophet the spread of Islam which led to the usage of the veil and the justification for the inferior status of women in society. I applaud the author for painstaking sifting through all of the hadiths and explaining the precise methodology with which ...more
Sarah Hosseini
Jan 22, 2016 Sarah Hosseini rated it it was amazing
پنج ستاره رو بی کوچکترین تعللی دادم به این کتاب. اثر درخشانیه که حقایق بعضا تکاندهنده ای رو راجع به بسیاری از آیات و شرایط تاریخی نزول اونها برای ما روشن می کنه. نویسنده از طیف عظیم و گسترده ای از منابع برای غنا بخشیدن به اثرش استفاده کرده. از طبری بگیر تا عسقلانی و بخاری و زمخشری و ... . مرنیسی سعی کرده تا جایی که می تونه اینو برای مخاطب روشن کنه که پیامبر اسلام نهایت خواسته ش برابری طلبی و دموکراسی به معنای واقعی ش بود اما این امثال عمر و سایر قدرتمندان مدینه بودن که تاریخ رو جور دیگه ای رقم ز ...more
Erica Aisha
May 08, 2013 Erica Aisha rated it it was amazing
It's hard to read a PhD thesis and not feel like you've received required reading for a college class; however, Mernissi is adept (in this translation) at being interesting and factual in her search for the feminist interpretation of hadith. She focuses primarily on the hadith concerning women in political leadership and recounts how hadith traditions grew, and the methods formulated to determine validity scales.

With a useful insight into understanding Islamic texts, her feminist views are quit
Oct 15, 2013 Elyndrical rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Second year history student at university here. I originally got onto this book because we were looking at Ibn Battuta's travels in the Maldives and the question of divorce came up. I was fascinated about what was and wasn't permissible in the 7th century CE and what sort of foundations were being laid by the new religion.

I found the book insightful and interesting. I thought the author tried hard to give hadith context and seemed to have researched the topic extensively. Mainly the book seemed
Mar 25, 2016 Ida rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ini adalah pandangan aku, segala cacat cela semoga Tuhan ampunkan. 466 nota atau citation dalam 195 helaian thesis, surely she knows what she is talking about!

"Islam has problems with women!" - Tariq Ramadan.

"I think we have to admit that the majority of our women are oppressed" - Sheikh Hamza Yusuf.

*This book is incredible! This book is deeply inspiring! Easy to read and very interesting*

Fatema Mernissi seorang graduan dalam bidang sociology, anthropology, berbangsa Maghribi, dan berlinguistik
Another of Mernissi's deep academic works on women in Islam. I think it might be related to Beyond the Veil--much of the general ideas are the same, including that orthodox Islam allows women much greater freedoms than generally believed in the West (and generally practiced in Islam nations). A good solid read, but not as entertaining as Nine Parts of Desire.
Dawood Ahmed
Sep 04, 2010 Dawood Ahmed rated it really liked it
Excellent book which true to the title, provides a non-misogynist interpretation of Islamic texts in the context of women. It is an academic work, so well researched.
May 25, 2007 Besim rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Anyone that needs something to keep the fireplace going
Shelves: islam
What else can I say... I read this in a "Muslim Women of the World" class and almost threw up just reading it.
May 31, 2014 Samah rated it it was amazing
very challenging, convincing I think more women should discuss and study this book
Mahmoud Abu Adi
الريفيو لاحقًا ، لأهميته
Minci (Ayurveda) Ahmetovic
Feb 19, 2016 Minci (Ayurveda) Ahmetovic rated it really liked it
Knowledge is to be shared according to the promise of the Prophet himself.

Not only have the sacred texts always been manipulated but manipulation of them is a structural characteristic of the practice of power in Muslim societies.

Let us raise the sails and lift the veils - the sails of the memory. But first let us lift the veils with which our contemporaries disguise the past in order to dim our presence.

The Muslim and Time

Muslims suffer from a mal du present (zlo sadašnjosti) just as the yout
Rana elmalah
Oct 19, 2015 Rana elmalah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
فاطمة المرنيسى من افضل الكتاب للى قريت لهم اسلوبها سلس فى الكتابه مع وضوح الفكرة من غير تعقيدات فى الالفاظ والجمل وتبيسط الفكرة برغم صعوبه الموضوع وتبسيط الاحداث التاريخيه لتسهيل الفهم اما بالنسبه للكتاب فهو مجهود جبار من
االمصادر التاريخيه والمراجع ودراسه كبيرة للتاريخ واحداثه وقت حياه النبى كتاب جيد جدا رؤيه جديدة للتاريخ ولاسباب نزول الايات ونظرة للسيرة الذاتيه لرواه الحديث ومصداقيتهم كتاب يستحق القراءه
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Mernissi was born into a middle-class family. She received her primary education in a school established by the nationalist movement, and secondary level education in an all-girls school funded by the French protectorate. In 1957, she studied political science at the Sorbonne and at Brandeis University, where she earned her doctorate. She returned to work at the Mohammed V Univer
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“The Islam of Muhammad banished the idea of supervision, of a police system of control. This explains the absence of clergy in Islam and the encouraging of all Muslims to get involved in understanding the written word. Individual responsibility came into play to balance the weight of aristocratic control, finally making it ineffective in an umma of believers whose behavior followed precise, internalized rules. Recognizing in women an inalienable will fitted into this scheme of making everyone individually responsible.” 1 likes
“What a strange fate for Muslim memory, to be called upon in order to censure and punish! What a strange memory, where even dead men and women do not escape attempts at assassination, if by chance they threaten to raise the hijab that covers the mediocrity and servility that is presented to us as tradition. How did the tradition succeed in transforming the Muslim woman into that submissive, marginal creature who buries herself and only goes out into the world timidly and huddled in her veils? Why does the Muslim man need such a mutilated companion?” 0 likes
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