Moroccan Writer and Scholar Fatema Mernissi, 75

Moroccan Writer and Scholar Fatema Mernissi, 75

Loading

Fatema Mernissi, author of the acclaimed memoir Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood, has died at 75:

Born in 1940, in Fes, Mernissi was celebrated for her sociology. Her most popular works included Beyond the Veil, The Veil and the Male Elite, and Islam and Democracy.Mernissi was mainly a scholar, studying political science at the Sorbonne and doing her doctorate in sociology at Brandeis University. She later taught in the field of sociology at Rabat’s Mohammed V University.

But Mernissi was also a gifted writer, and her works, both scholarly and memoir, were accessible to a wide public. On writing, she once said: “Writing is one of the most ancient forms of prayer. To write is to believe communication is possible that other people are good, that you can awaken their generosity and their desire to do better.”

Mernissi won numerous awards for her work. In 2003, Mernissi was awarded the Prince of Asturias Award along with Susan Sontag.

You can find more about her work at her website, http://www.mernissi.net/. There are also manyremembrances on Twitter. A selection:
4321

5


Tags assigned to this article:
Fatema MernissifeminismSusan SontagTop

Related Articles

500 noticias por los derechos civiles en Nafarroa

Loading

Esta es la entrada número 500 que publicamos en esta web, así que hemos querido aprovechar la ocasión para hacer

Michael Moore: “Me escribían en la pared: traidor, vete a Cuba”

Loading

Tercera Infornación Su presidente acababa de declarar la guerra a Iraq en pos de una patraña, y Moore se subió

Manchester celebrates Syrian arts and culture

Loading

A fortnight of exhibitions, film, theatre, live music, talks by writers, panel discussions and interactive art workshops exploring Syrian arts

No comments

Write a comment
No Comments Yet! You can be first to comment this post!

Write a Comment