Academic journal article Arab Studies Quarterly

Between Feminism and Islam: Human Rights and Sharia Law in Morocco

Academic journal article Arab Studies Quarterly

Between Feminism and Islam: Human Rights and Sharia Law in Morocco

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Z. Salirne. Between Feminism and Islam: Human Rights and Sharia Law in Morocco Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 2011. 195 pages. Paper $22.40

Through participant observation, in-depth interviews, archival research, and discourse analysis, Salirne explores in her book feminist politics in Morocco focusing on both feminist groups' relationship with the state, but also the trajectory of feminism in light of the growing impact of Islamist women's activism on public representations of feminism and alternative definitions of women's rights. She also examines how the feminist movement has been both enabled and circumscribed by Islamist women's activism and identifies the various ways in which the feminist movement has shaped the politics among Islamist women over the past two decades. Salirne explains that her study

explores how these interactions have also shaped the public debate on women's rights, affected state gender polities, and transformed the movements themselves. I describe these changes in terms of féminisation of Islamist women and Islamisation of the feminist movement, (xv)

Salirne organized her study around what she terms three "movement moments," which are: the feminist petition campaign of 1992; the Islamist rally of 2000; and the attack in Casablanca by a group of young Islamist radicals in 2003. …

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