New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press. Mernissi also fought to overcome Western assumptions that Muslim women were helpless victims of both their religion and the men of their religion. Western stereotypes ostracized Muslim men who did not fit the white, masculine, hegemonic mold dominating the first world society, developing racist ideas towards a religion that was believed to oppress women. However, Mernissi pointed out that Muslim women were not victims of their religious practices any more than Western women were victims of the patriarchy; both groups of women were oppressed by specific social institutions within a religion or society created to profit off of the marginalization of others.
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Shelves: women-and-islam Well what an interesting book. On the contrary I wear my scarf as a form of Dawah. To show those who are not Muslim that I am a normal woman just like any one else. I am not a terrorist or abused woman. I wear the scarf by choice not force.
However I may one day take off my scarf shock horror, here come the lectures. If I do this will also be my choice. I know many Muslim Well what an interesting book. I know many Muslim women who wear the scarf yet seem to do it for show and know little about their religion. I want to know WHY, for what reason? If its not in my heart I wont do it. What Fatema says in this book regarding not just the veil makes a lot of sense to me.
We are all aware that some men continually try to use hadith to excuse their misogynistic behavior. Oft ignoring the contradicting hadith. There are too many people who say you have to follow all hadith despite the contradictions.
The hadith I use my own judgement and research before I will follow it. Every woman has the right to walk down the street unafraid. Every woman has the right to choose if to cover their hair or not. More importantly every woman has the right not to be judged. I am a proud Muslim woman and I am very proud to wear the scarf and be recognised as a Muslim.
This is my choice and as long as no one takes away my right to choose I will be very happy.
The Veil and the Male Elite
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