Fatima Mernissi, Simorgh 1991
Another wonderful book by Fatima Mernissi, this book addresses the age-old debate within Islam regarding the rights of women to head a state. Scholars are divided in their opinion on this issue.In so far as Muslim history is concerned, women have been heads of state and khutabs have been read in their names in mosques, official Friday prayers and coins have been minted bearing their images.Mernissi undertakes a scholarly journey through the Quran to discuss this question. Her arguments leave no doubt to the answer. The Quran does not advocate discrimination on the basis of gender. A fascinating book for everyone concerned with women’s rights.