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Between Feminism and IslamHuman Rights and Sharia Law in Morocco$
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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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Gender and the Nation State: Family Law, Scholars, Activists, and Dissidents

Gender and the Nation State: Family Law, Scholars, Activists, and Dissidents

(p.1) 1 Gender and the Nation State: Family Law, Scholars, Activists, and Dissidents
Between Feminism and Islam

Zakia Salime

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter identifies key individuals involved in the women’s right movement in Morocco, such as the’ulama, the monarchy, the Islamists, political parties, and women’s groups. It shows the relevance of gender to negotiations for access to a highly centralized political system, and defines gender as a field in which tensions over political legitimacy rise and may unfold. The negotiations among the key individuals portray a manipulation of gender hierarchies that limit the range of rights that women might enjoy in both the private and the public spheres. The chapter concludes with an analysis of women’s position in Islamist movements, focusing on the cases of al-Tawhīd wa-l-islāh and al-’Adl wa-l-ihsāne.

Keywords:   Morocco, ’ulama, Islamists, centralized political system, gender hierarchies, al-Tawhīd wa-l-islāh, al-’Adl wa-l-ihsāne, Islamist movements

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