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Zakia Salime

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816651337

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816651337.001.0001

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Feminism and Islamism Redefined: In Light of the 2003 Terror Attack on Casablanca

Feminism and Islamism Redefined: In Light of the 2003 Terror Attack on Casablanca

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(p.110) 4 Feminism and Islamism Redefined: In Light of the 2003 Terror Attack on Casablanca
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Between Feminism and Islam
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Zakia Salime

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816651337.003.0004

This chapter outlines the contradictions related to the state’s response to the Casablanca attack of May 2003 and describes how both feminists and Islamists have shaped the conjuncture of the war on terror. The Casablanca attack provided feminists with opportunities to assert their feminism in explicit and powerful ways, and to negotiate a privileged position as “representatives” of the forces of “modernity” and “democracy” in comparison to the “obscure” and “archaic” Islamist groups. The chapter also provides an account of the state’s reform of the mudawwana, which puts the family under the equal authority of a man and a woman, and abolishes men’s guardianship over women.

Keywords:   Casablanca attack, feminists, Islamists, feminism, mudawwana, equal authority, modernity, democracy

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