Fatima Mernissi’s Struggle with Islam and Democracy

Fatima Mernissi’s book The Forgotten Queens of Islam is a historical study that analyzes women’s place in the public sphere and their relationship with power. Her book explores the ironies and oxymora of women and power through Islamic history. Mernissi transcends the historical to discover the bits and pieces of the situations surrounding political women in today’s Muslim societies.Starting off through the example of Benazir Bhutto, Mernissi argues that despite religious leaders’ rejection of … [Read more...]