By Doris H. Gray
Are girls in North Africa and the center East ""feminist?"" Or is being a Muslim incompatible with feminism? Is there any such factor as ""Islamic feminism?"" via interviews with Moroccan activists and jurists – either female and male – and by means of situating those interviews inside of their socio-political and monetary contexts, Doris grey addresses those questions. through doing so, she makes an attempt to maneuver past the straightforward bifurcation of ""feminist"" and ""Islamist"" to examine the numerous aspects of inner gender discourse inside one Muslim state, bearing in mind a extra nuanced realizing of the dialogue on women's rights within the Muslim global ordinarily. The prestige and the position of ladies is likely one of the such a lot hotly debated subject matters during the center East and North Africa, and this can be quite noticeable via this dialogue of what it potential to interact with and advertise feminist notion and activities within the area.
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Foreigners from Europe or the United States often find it unsettling that a Moroccan would ask – within moments of becoming acquainted – about their faith. In Morocco, religion is not a highly private topic; to the contrary, it is one of the most common themes in daily conversation. Religion plays an important role in national discourse, in private and in public life, and is probably the single biggest factor in defining Morocco’s national identity. This is not to say that religion does not play a major role in other parts of the world, but the degree to which there is consensus in Morocco on the importance of Islam, as a marker of both personal and national identity, cannot be overstated.
This text, written nearly 80 years ago, puts into perspective current discussions of women’s rights in Morocco and the larger North African region. 11 He wrote then as one would nowadays: The condition of Arab women – the woman in Islam – has always been confused, mixed in with all sorts of other problems. 12 This observation shows that today’s discussions about women’s rights are not original; rather, they are a continuation of a theme that has been played out in North Africa for a long time.
In Morocco, however, religion and the state are more closely intertwined. Islam as state religion In much of the Muslim world, the demarcation between religion and state is either non-existent or much less obvious than in Western countries. Changes to laws and societal norms must be consistent with religious doctrine in most Muslim-majority nations. 4 In addition, he carries the title of sherif, meaning descendant of the Prophet Mohammed. His rulings are taken as sacred and he is believed to enjoy special baraka (divine blessing and grace) by virtue of his lineage and office.
Beyond Feminism and Islamism: Gender and Equality in North Africa by Doris H. Gray