Fatima Mernissi
Fatima Mernissi
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Fatima Mernissi ( 1940-2015) is a Moroccan sociologist, Islamic feminist and author. She was born in 1940 in Fez and raised in a middle-class family.She studied political sciences at the university of Rabat and later in the Sorbonne in Paris. In 1973 Mernissi obtained her Phd degree from the university of Brandeis in Massachusetts, and returned to Morocco where she worked as a lecturer in the sociology department and a research scholar at the university of institute of scientific research.\r
She published her first book \"Beyond the veil\" in 1975. This book is considered as a classic and an important reference for feminist and gender studies.\r
The main focus of Mernissi's works are women issues within the religion of Islam and the Muslim society. Specifically, her works explore how male interpretations of religious texts are reinforcing the patriarchal system within the Muslim society. Mernissi then, reinterprets the religious texts from a feminist perspective and studies the difference.\r
Mernissi's works are translated into different languages including English, Dutch, German and Japanese.\r
Her most notable works are:\r
-The veil and the male elite (1992)\r
-L'amour dans les pays musulmans (1984)\r
-Dreams of trespass (1994).\r
Mernissi received Principe of Austrias awards for letters in 2003 and passed away in Rabat on 30 November 2015.

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