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The Veil and the Male Elite

The first suras, it is true, were those setting forth the main arrangements of Islam regarding marriage, inheritance, etc. A recent book by Muhammad tArafa, entitled The Rights of WOlnetl in Is la Inmaintains not only that a woman has no rights, but that she does not exist in political history: For – and this was the miracle – God spoke to Muhammad in his native tongue, Arabic: This was not the case in the period of the jahiliyya, the time of ignorance according to Muslim terminology, the time when people did not have criteria for distinguishing the permitted from the forbidden, the licit from the illicit.

We will see the resurgence in many Hadith of that superstitious fear of femaleness that the Prophet wanted to eradicate. The caliphs were also greatly concerned about it: In order to end the sexual licentiousness and promiscuity that existed in pre-Islamic Arabia and in an effort to control paternity, Islam condemned all sexual relations outside marriage or ownership as zina, encouraging women and men to marry and labeling celibacy as the open door to temptations of all kinds. For those first Muslims democracy was nothing unusual; it was their meat and drink and their wonderful dream, waking or sleeping.

Fatima Mernissi, The Veil and the Male Elite

The fact that, over the course of centuries, we have seen believers who criticize and judge replaced by muzzled, censored, obedient, and grateful Muslims in no way detracts from this fundamental dimension of Islam.


Something so ordinary as the suffrage process vril the people filing to the voting booth to express their choice – will be seen in our day, despite the principle of the equality of all, as a foreign idea imported from the West.

She lived to be 65 years old Geopolitics was a strategy based on defense of the tangible – territory, frontiers, and the riches found within them. There were no longer just men as citizens among the Muslims after indepen- dence; there were only asexual citizens – at any rate, vis-a-vis the state and its laws.

Mainly the book seemed Second year history student at university here. May 08, Erica Aisha rated it it was amazing Shelves: This methodology has the potential to reconstruct the thought and praxis of Muslims; the only prerequisite to reading it is to approach with an open mind and be feil to excavate Muslim heritage from the annals of history.

This essay by a Moroccan sociologist a brilliant analysis of classical Islamic sources undertaken in a historical context shows that the Prophet wanted mernisis create an egalitarian society based on individual responsibility but that the male elite subverted his efforts to retain privileges sanctioned by pre-Islamic tribalism.

I am a proud Muslim woman and I am very proud to wear the scarf and be recognised as a Muslim.

The only difference is that the Romantic youth of Europe experienced their difficulty in living in the present as a disgust with living, while we Muslims experiellce it as a desire for death, a desire to be elsewhere, to be absent, and to flee to the past as a way of being absent.

The greater the number of people affected and excluded, the more violent were the dissensions within the governing elites and the more pressing the need to manipulate the sacred. Published Sil11ultane- ously in Canada. He has been the source of an enormous amount of commentary in the religious literature.

Like all the scholars of his time, he traveled throughout the Muslim world in search of knowledge. Many of them from appropriate pages of al-Bukhari, which the teacher recited to us, made me feel extremely ill at ease: Jan 23, Stephanie rated it liked it.


I learned an immense amount of knowledge regarding the social, religious, political and personal mwrnissi 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. This is how they repay us! mernisso

This dual attitude that I had toward the sacred text was thf to remain with me. If its not in my heart I wont do it. I am not a terrorist or abused woman. Once they were recorded in a collection, the Hadith constituted the Sunna, the mernissii of Muhammad. She describes the way westerners, America specifically, claim to be modern and not bogged down by religion; yet she claims that Christianity and Judaism permeates our culture which it does.

That was in the year AD 6IO.

When the Prophet came to Medina, where the dominant cults were those of the Christians and Jews, whose faith was directed toward Jerusalem, God ordered him also to turn in that direction for prayer, in order to avoid provoking them ahd to make them favorable to elihe Qu’ran ‘arabi Koran in the Arabic language. At his death the Prophet left nine wives. These Arab tribal kingdoms never hesitated to go to war and to tear each other to pieces if their masters demanded it.

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

That is the virtue of memory. The Islam of Allah and Anc saved you and led you to where you are now. We persist in making it a profession, a vocation, an outlook. It is impossible to distort his personality ill a Muslim coul1try, where religious education begins in preschool. Our author can’t ignore her, so he says: