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By Fatema Mernissi

Edition note: variation with new introduction.
Publish 12 months note: First released 1975

"Required reading... " -- Elizabeth Fernea, The collage of Texas at Austin

"If a reader have been to pick just one publication so one can achieve perception into women's prestige and clients in Islamic society, this research might be the single selected for its readability, honesty, intensity of information and thought-provoking qualities." -- Arab publication World

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• Does Islam as a faith oppress ladies?
• Is Islam opposed to democracy?

In this vintage examine, the world over well known sociologist Fatema Mernissi argues that women’s oppression isn't as a result of Islam as this faith in reality celebrates women’s strength. Women’s oppression, she continues, is because of the political manipulation of faith by means of powerseeking, archaic Muslim male elites.

Mernissi explains in her e-book that early Muslim students portrayed girls as competitive hunters who compelled males, lowered to vulnerable hunted sufferers, to manage girls through implementing standards akin to veiling, which constrained girls to the non-public area. In her new creation, she argues that women’s invasion of the 500-plus Arab satellite tv for pc channels within the twenty-first century, as convey anchors and picture and video stars, helps her concept that Islam as a faith celebrates woman energy. ‘A attention-grabbing book’ Scotland on Sunday ‘If a reader have been to pick just one ebook with the intention to achieve perception into women’s prestige and customers in Islamic society, this research will be the single selected for its readability, honesty, intensity of information and thought-provoking qualities.’ Arab booklet global

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But when one takes into account the state of the soul, the wonders of its controlling powers in the structure of the bodily frame, and its faculties' permeation of the body's articulations, the soul resembles the inhabitant of the house along with his servants, wife, and children. If one considers the human being in another respect, one finds that the structure of the body with the diversity of the shapes of its organs and the variety of the composition of its articulations is similar to the shop of an artisan.

Html [9/1/2011 7:30:49 PM] next page > page_26 < previous page page_26 next page > Page 26 sidered this hollow structure, this compound person, to have any worth, he has done so because of the person's intellect and knowledge. The worth of a human being lies in intellect and his importance in knowledge, his perfection in intellect and his beauty in knowledge. God created the forehead of the human being like a bar of silver. He strung the two bows of his eyebrows with pure musk. He poured the two dots of his eye's light into two cups of darkness.

On the contrary, most cosmologists have been concerned with demonstrating the analogies among all levels of existence in order to show that human beings play a unique role in the universe as God's representatives or vicegerents (khalifa). This in turn demands human responsibility. The legalistic perspective tends to say that human beings must answer to God because a slave has no right to disobey his master's commands. He is duty bound by the fact that be is owned. In contrast, the sapiential perspective stresses noblesse oblige: As divine representatives, human beings have no choice but to assume responsibility for themselves and their surroundings.

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