International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Fatima Mernissi and Amina Wadud: Patriarchal Dominance and Misinterpretation of Sacred Texts in Islamic Countries
Cengiz KOC

This article focuses on Fatima Mernissi’s, and Amina Wadud’s views of feminism from the Eastern perspective. These two well-known writers and thinkers believe that Muslim women suffer due to the patriarchal system and male leading figures misinterpreting the sacred texts in Muslim countries. Fatima Mernissi’s and Amina Wadud’s influence extend throughout the Middle East and into other Islamic countries. They are recognized as public figures in their countries and abroad, especially in France and America where they are still famous amongst feminist groups. Many publishing houses have translated their books and articles into a variety of languages, including English, Arabic, French, and Turkish. Their focus is on gender discrimination and women’s issues. They always seek to supervise the publication of their books and articles on the public recognition of women in the USA, Middle Easte and Europe. These writers’ works explore the relationship between sexual ideology, gender identity, sociopolitical organization, and the status of women in Islam; their special focus, however, is the Arabian and African societies and cultures.

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