Beyond the Veil: Male-female Dynamics in Modern Muslim Society
"Sexual inequality is a prominent feature of both Western and Islamic societies, but underlying concepts of female sexuality in Christian and Muslim traditions are very different, and the pattern of heterosexual relation in Muslim countries is probably unique. In Beyond the Veil, Fatima Mernissi argues that the Islamic view of women as active sexual beings resulted in stricter regulation and control of women's sexuality, which Muslim theorists classically regarded as a threat to civilized society. The requisites of modernization, however, are incompatible with traditional Muslim structures, and the ensuing contradictions now pervade nearly all Muslim countries. Drawing on popular source materials, Mernissi explores the disorienting effects of modern life on male-female relations, looks at the male-female unit as a basic element of the structure of the Muslim system, and shows us the sexual dynamics of the Muslim world. Regarded as a classic book in the United States, Beyond the Veil has never been available in Britain. This revised and updated version finally fills that gap." -- Publisher's description.
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This is a remarkably accessible book, for the western reader who is interested in understanding (or beginning to understand) the dynamics of modern Muslim society - it is written from within, but with the western reader in mind. Read full review