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Women And Islam: An Historical And Theological Enquiry

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'Fatima Mernissi has more ideas per book than any other thinker in the Middle East. Her later works increasingly integrate her brilliant ideas into sustained and compelling discourse that is very much worthy of attention.'Laurence O. Michalak
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Ameera H.  Al-mousa
مميزة عالمة الإجتماع المغربية فاطمةالمرنيسي في الطرح وأسلوب السرد.

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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 .

Angela
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
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Ali
اعتبر هذا من الكتب الاساسية عن قضية المرأة السياق الاسلامي، من باحثة مهمة تتمتع بحس الاطلاع والموضوعية وجودة العرض
Noor
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
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Amal Shoeib
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.
Sarah Lameche
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
Mona
قراءة مغلوطة للتاريخ، وتوظيف غير علمي لحوادث مروية في كتب التاريخ دون تمحيص لمصداقيتها
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
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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 روایت ...more
Erica Aisha
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
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عائش ||
كبداية اعتبر الترجمة سيئة
كم اتمنى أن اقرا الفرنسية لأقرا لهذة الكوكبة من المفكرين في المغرب العربي
فاطمة المرنيسي هي احدى هؤلاء قامة فكرية مبدعة
نسوية من الطراز الرفيع عالمة اجتماع
استفزها موقف طرحت فيه هذا السؤال
هل يمكن لأمرأة أن تقود المسلمين ؟!
واتتها الإجابة بكل ثقة من بائع في دكانه أن لا
وان اجابته تستند لحديث شريف !
الموقف الذي قدح قريحتها لتنقيب في كتب التراث المفخخه ..
الحقيقة أن الكتاب خلخل افكاري كثيرا كتاب لايعطي افكار جاهزة اكثر من انه يجعلك تفكر
في الكتاب بحث ايضا عن أحاديث اخرى معادي
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Kreem
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
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
Adrian
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.
Besim
May 25, 2007 Besim rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone that needs something to keep the fireplace going
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What else can I say... I read this in a "Muslim Women of the World" class and almost threw up just reading it.
Zelekha
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
Wanda
Excellent book on women's rights in the Islamic tradition. I have always been fascinated by this religion and this region of the world. I found the entire book compelling. Merinissi broke down the tradition of hadith and that many religious traditions (hadith) that bar women from being active participants in the religion are based on man's interpretation of Muhammad's words and pre-Islamic traditions, not from Muhammad's words themselves. At the time, I was a young college student and this revel ...more
Nouranapps
It's interesting.. I learned a lot about primary sources which I cannot possibly have access to. Very interesting analysis of the hadiths. She continued to state that she doesn't believe in how the veil is being practiced today and she apparently does not view it as a required Islamic practice (fard), but she does not get into that very much. You can vaguely assume that she believes that the verses were exceptionally entrenched in the immediate context and are not eternal obligations of Muslim w ...more
Samah
very challenging, convincing I think more women should discuss and study this book
Elyndrical
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
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Beaman
Mernissi writes as an amateur, without much training in early Muslim sources, which inevitably leaves rigorous historians skeptical. However, she's much more competent in her use of the historical sources than Leila Ahmed, the other widely-read author on the topic of women in early Islam. Moreover, she does make a couple of original and worthwhile observations and raise an interesting point or two that one can argue about. In other words, the rigorous historian ought to be grateful that an amate ...more
Cynthia
I'm taking a class on Muslim women and the veil, and this book was an excellent introduction to the inception and history of Islam as well as the origins of the veiling issue. Though I have a lot more reading to do on the subject before I form any definitive opinions, this book was certainly a great read with compelling evidence on the issue, suggesting the importance in looking to the past before making any presumptions about the present when it comes to issues as controversial as the veil.
Susan
This is a fascinating, well-written book that greatly added to my (limited) understanding and knowledge of Islam. The author takes us through the development of Muhammad's life and his religious and spiritual development. Mernissi is a sociologist who has carefully and prodigiously read the texts needed to clarify her thesis - that the Prophet desired equality between the sexes. The book is very readable and I highly recommend it.
Lexi
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.
Cara
The beginning was promising, as Mernissi set out to look at original sources that justify "the veil". But she never really defined what this "veil" is, either in theory or in practice, except in a very abstract sense (a literal dictionary definition). This lack of specificity was fatal to the book's central thesis. Overall, a huge disappointment for me.
Hamidreza Hosseini
اتفاقات مرتبط با زنان در صدر اسلام از دید یک زن محقق مسلمان خیلی برام جالب بود. نکات و اتفاقاتی توی این کتاب مطرح شده بود که هیچ وقت به گوشم نخورده بود. تحلیل های جالبی هم داشت در مورد حجاب و موارد اینچنینی که با کمی تفکر، میتونه نتایج جالبی رو به دست بده
Rainey
okay, confession time: two chapters in, and I can honestly say there's no chance I'm every going to finish this book. It has poetic moments, numerous cultural insights and phenomenal scholarship - so why do I hate reading it?
Rida Rizvi
i read only half of this book and it is pretty confusing and with meager knowledge of Islam this one is not a good option to read. So maybe sometime later in life i will get back to this book and will complete it.
Ben Jaques
Another book that totally changed my life. This book defines a feminist islam that would be something amazing to see and seems as though it was so close to reality. Amazing
لمى الزهراني
قراءة عبقرية للنصوص والروايات التاريخية بسياقها التاريخي والإجتماعي والنفسي باتت منطقية وجاوبت على كثير من الأسئلة التي لطالما لم تلقى إحابة وإن وجدت إجابة كانت تزيد الحيرة
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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 Unive
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