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None – they are simply betting on our ignorance of the past, for their argument can never convince anyone with all elementary under- standing of Islam’s history. It is our duty as good Muslims to refresh their memories.

The fundamentalist movement, from its beginning, challenged and rejected the idea of the people as the origin of political decisions or legislative power, since only Allah makes such decisions. And, above all, how does the identity crisis present in all of us, men and women, as citizens of a culturally invaded area, become transformed by the authors obsessed with the past into a uniquely male problem?

But al-Bukhari was neither the first one nor the only one to develop this method of authentication. I have forgottell what it is, but I know it is sonlethillg different,” she concluded in her realistic but advellturous way. The way to do this was to see that the maximum number of versions was reported, to include repetitions in order not to neglect any point of view, and, above all, to distrust the witnesses and transmitters: It was year 36 of the Hejira ADand public opinion was divided: The assassins of President Anwar Sadat of Egypt based many of their arguments and models on the events and Hadith of this period.

Be the first to ask a question about The Veil and the Male Elite. Recognizing in women an inalienable will fitted into this scheme of making everyone individually responsible. Jun 30, Dr. Preface to the English Edition p. It is a way of temporalizing space.

The Veil and the Male Elite: A Feminist Interpretation of Women’s Rights in Islam

But with the death of Abu Talib, about the year ADhe lost his chief supporter and the guarantee of tribal protection. Abu Bakra’s case, then, was not an isolated one. Behind this change in direction lies the genius of Islam as the most clever expression of Arab nationalism, one that was going to challenge world dynamics forever. Individuality in such a system is discouraged; any private initiative is bid’a innovationwhich necessarily constitutes errant behavior. He has been the veio of an enormous amount of commentary in the religious literature.


The Arab world was in such a state of crisis that its people did not believe themselves worthy of having a prophet of their own lineage nor a God who would speak Arabic to them.

Her Islam was an occasion to journey to strange countries, to spread one’s Wil1gS, and to discover love and enlightenment there. I know many Muslim women who wear the scarf yet seem to do it for show and know little about their religion.

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

The Katba was the direction of mernisso idolators. I” “I – I hardly know, sir, just at present – at least I know who I was when I got up this morning, but I think Ellite must have been changed several times since then. It can be that rare music that leads to dreaming or simply a dispiritillg routine. It also happened that one of us brought his prayer rug to the mosque and laid it down while she was having her period.

There was such an increase in false Hadith attributed to the Prophet that those in charge among the belie. The problem of women allows people to grapple with cosmic changes in power without naming these changes.

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

Capital punishment for zina would only be applied if four witnesses testified to having Seetl the adultery with their own eyes and at the same time. AI-Bukhari was not content with verifying what he recorded, but in order to show his veneration of the sacred text, he wrote an important study on the life of the transmitters of Hadith, Al-tarikh al-kabir The Great History. He decided to involve the people, whom he called together in the nl0sque for information and discussion, and to enlighten them about the position of the Prophet on the subject of civil war.

A’ islza arId Politics. However, in his immediate entourage four men played a prominent role. So let us raise the sails and lift the veils – the sails of the memory-ship. Log In Sign Up. The often bizarre noise of quartz watches, which at all hours interrupts the conversation of two Arabs in the balmy nights of Tripoli or Riyad, illustrates in its very absurdity the sidereal presence of the new form of preoccupation.

She draws upon Islamic scholar, to prove her thesis that the veil is social construct more than a religious must. And here is al- Bukhari’s response, which earned him exile: Sep 04, Dawood Ahmed rated it really liked it.


Going through the religious literature is no small task.

The rules went from affirmation of principles and methodological axioms to simple techniques for the detection of lies. View all 3 comments. Taha Husayn, in his study of pre-Islamic poetry, describes the popular dimension of this phenomenon: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Today it is the control of time that is the basis of this power. When you think of it, Islam as a monotheistic initiative in seventh- century Arabia was almost cOlldemned, given the georeligious structure of the region, to being nothing more than a subvariant of Judaism or Christianity, with, of course, a sprinkling of the ingrediellts of local idolatrous cults.

Eleven years after his selection, at the end of the year 35 of the Hejira ADa crowd of insurgents, claiming that he was governing the country unjustly, surrounded his house, and he was killed by a group who broke in while he was reading the Koran. It was necessary, moreover, to avoid having enmities and slanders lead to the condemnation of innocent persons. Surely not in the present. The chief tribe that controlled the city, the Banu Tamim, and their allies were entrenched in the fort and used bows and arrows against the attackers, causing casualties among Muhammad’s army.

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

If I wanted to, I could recite traditions about the Prophet for two days without stopping. Serge Moscovici sees in the West’s transformation of time the very essence that makes it the worldwide civilization that it is. Before being converted, Abu Bakra had the hard, humiliating life of a slave in the city of Ta’if, where only the aristocracy had the right to high office.

So what is going on? Mernussi its not in my heart I wont do it. What is also interesting, though Mernissi does not focus or really mention it, is the similarity between Islam, Christianity, and Judaism in treatment of women.