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The Secularist Moment

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This chapter investigates the enabling and disabling strategies of Mernissi's secularist critique in Beyond the Veil and Woman in the Muslim Unconscious. Woman in the Muslim Unconscious is central to the author's deployment of her secularist feminism, since its critical position is more radical and reveals its assumptions even more clearly than Beyond the Veil. The value of Woman in the Muslim Unconscious and Beyond the Veil lies in their enabling critique of the androcentrism of Islamic jurisprudence and early Islamic thought. They also present a revision of religious texts that defies the limitations of some Islamic feminist scholarship, which avoids dealing with some verses that do not fit the claim that gender equality is normative in the Qur'an.

Keywords: Beyond the Veil; Islamic feminist scholarship; Mernissi; secularist feminism; Woman in the Muslim Unconscious



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