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Zakia Salime


Remembering Fatema Mernissi

[Fatima Mernissi, The Arab Weekly]

This tribute is to Fatema Mernissi: mentor, insightful teacher, organic intellectual, incisive feminist, powerful voice, charismatic presence, craftswoman, generous host, and friend.  Fatema Mernissi, a writer, professor, sociologist, and central figure of Arab feminism, passed away at the age of seventy-five on Monday, 30 November, in Rabat. Mernissi was a professor at the Mohammed V University of Rabat and a research scholar at the Institut Universitaire de ...

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Signs of New Feminism? Promises of Morocco's February 20

[Image of Amina Boughalbi from a video calling for protests on 20 February 2011. Screenshot taken from Youtube.]

The absence of established figures from feminist organizations is one of the most striking features of the 20 February movement in Morocco. Nevertheless, the movement shows modes of engagement with feminism, such as the call for gender equality and a practice of parity, which suggest that feminist discourse has not only penetrated the social imaginary of younger generations of activists, but also informed their practices. Signs of new gender arrangements were already ...

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New Texts Out Now: Zakia Salime, Between Feminism and Islam: Human Rights and Sharia Law in Morocco

[Cover of Zakia Salime,

Zakia Salime, Between Feminism and Islam: Human Rights and Sharia Law in Morocco. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2011. Jadaliyya: What made you write this book? Zakia Salime: In this critical time of sweeping revolts and political changes in the Middle East, it is very useful to revisit the spaces of contentions that have been opened by women’s rights groups. My book shows how two decades of struggles over broadening the spheres of expression and rights have ...

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Zakia Salime


Zakia Salime is Assistant Professor in Sociology and Women's and Gender Studies at Rutgers University, where she teaches courses in comparative feminism(s), gender, globalization, social movements, international inequalities, and postcoloniality. Her research interests include, race, empire, the political economy of the "war on terror," development policies, Islamic societies and movements, and Middle East and US relations. Salime’s book Between Feminism and Islam: Human Rights and Sharia Law in Morocco (Minnesota, 2011) illustrates this interplay of global regimes of rights and local alternatives, by looking at the interactions among the feminist and the Islamist women’s movements.