By Doris H. Gray
Are ladies in North Africa and the center East ""feminist?"" Or is being a Muslim incompatible with feminism? Is there this type of factor as ""Islamic feminism?"" via interviews with Moroccan activists and jurists – either female and male – and by way of situating those interviews inside their socio-political and fiscal contexts, Doris grey addresses those questions. by way of doing so, she makes an attempt to maneuver past the straightforward bifurcation of ""feminist"" and ""Islamist"" to examine the various elements of inner gender discourse inside one Muslim state, taking into account a extra nuanced knowing of the dialogue on women's rights within the Muslim international regularly. The prestige and the function of girls is likely one of the so much hotly debated subject matters during the center East and North Africa, and this is often rather noticeable via this dialogue of what it capability to interact with and advertise feminist idea and activities within the quarter.
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Extra resources for Beyond Feminism and Islamism: Gender and Equality in North Africa
In the absence of a central authority figure for all Muslims worldwide, the Moroccan king has the right to proclaim new religious interpretations of sacred texts for his country. The importance of Islam for national cohesion in Morocco is paramount because religion is a central marker of national distinction. Though religion, culture, and customs are closely intertwined in any country, in Morocco there is an official link between religion, the state, and the law. This link makes Morocco different from countries with separation of religion and state where religious beliefs may influence matters of state but cannot be their explicit basis.
As a result, in the United States, for example, women now make up 50 per cent of the workforce. Women not only constitute the majority of university graduates, they also can expect to find jobs commensurate with their education. 2 Today, whatever their religious, political, or ideological leanings, not many men or women would advocate turning back the clock and relegating women solely to their traditional roles of mother and/or housewife. The benefits of gender equality to society are obvious – with few exceptions – to all citizens.
These were mostly black African women from countries south of the Sahara. Slavery was formally abolished in Morocco in 1926, but continued in some form for decades afterwards. Today, slavery itself is no longer an issue, yet another equally disturbing practice has replaced it, namely that of petites bonnes who do the work formerly provided by slaves. Petites bonnes refers to girls, some as young as eight years, who work as domestic servants in middle- and upper-middle-class families. Primarily daughters of large, poor, urban or rural families, often they are kept in appalling conditions, underpaid, overworked, and frequently sexually abused by their employers.
Beyond Feminism and Islamism: Gender and Equality in North Africa by Doris H. Gray