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By Zakia Salime

There are significant women’s pursuits in Morocco: the Islamists who carry shari’a because the platform for development a tradition of women’s rights, and the feminists who use the United countries’ framework to amend shari’a legislation. Between Feminism and Islam exhibits how the interactions of those activities over the last 20 years have remodeled the debates, the association, and the ideas of every other.

In Between Feminism and Islam, Zakia Salime appears to be like at 3 key move moments: the 1992 feminist 1000000 Signature crusade, the 2000 Islamist mass rally opposing the reform of kin legislations, and the 2003 Casablanca assaults via a bunch of Islamist radicals. on the middle of those moments are disputes over legitimacy, nationwide identification, gender representations, and political negotiations for shaping country gender regulations. situated on the intersection of feminism and Islam, those conflicts have resulted in the Islamization of feminists at the one hand and the feminization of Islamists at the other.

Documenting the synergistic courting among those events, Salime finds how the limits of feminism and Islamism were substantially reconfigured. She bargains a brand new conceptual framework for learning social pursuits, one who permits us to appreciate how Islamic feminism is influencing international debates on human rights.

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"Between Feminism and Islam demanding situations the typical assumption within the media and the academy that Islamism and feminism are quintessentially adversarial ideologies. via a cautious sociological and ethnographic account of Moroccan feminist and Islamist women’s businesses, Zakia Salime exhibits how the 2 have reworked one another via many years of activism, debate, and engagement. this is often an fundamental publication for sociologists of gender, faith, politics, feminism, the center East, and Islam." —Saba Mahmood, writer of Politics of Piety: The Islamic Revival and the Feminist Subject

"This balanced and informative research of the a long time lengthy entanglements among secular feminists and Islamist ladies activists in Morocco is an intensive departure from traditional understandings of a polarized political scene. Salime unearths how political actors have answered to and discovered from one another, altering thoughts, ideologies, and visions, placing the debates and practices of ladies activists in dynamic old time and altering global contexts, together with the warfare on terror." —Lila Abu-Lughod, writer of Remaking ladies: Feminism and Modernity within the heart East

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Zakia Salime is assistant professor of sociology and women’s and gender experiences at Rutgers University.

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In his speech, and for the first time since coming to power in 1963, King Hassan addressed the question of women’s rights on national television, recognizing that the time had come to reverse the injustices cast upon women. At the same time, he reminded the nation that all questions related to the mudawwana belong to the realm of his personal authority, repositioning himself as the ultimate recourse of both Islamist “dissidents” and women’s groups. I remember how frustrated I was to realize that perhaps women were being sent back to square one.

Xxix) to create support within these male-dominated structures; and (4) a shift from exclusive targeting of the state to grassroots politics. This chapter illustrates my argument that these changes did not affect the identity of the feminist movement, which remained grounded in the United Nations’ regime of rights, but were critical in validating this regime of truths through a feminist “progressive” reading of the Islamic sharia. In chapter 4 , I describe the contradictions related to the state’s response to the Casablanca attack of May 2003.

The feminist campaign was a critical factor in this conjuncture of domestic reforms, regional changes, and a global feminist mobilization toward the Beijing Conference of 1995. The contradictory nature of these changes shaped Moroccan feminism as a main instigator of the transnational feminist dynamic in North Africa. The petition campaign had, in fact, a disruptive effect on the long process of negotiation that had been taking place among political players, and which had left women at the margin of debates about political change.

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