Bibliographic Details

States and women's rights : the making of postcolonial Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco / Mounira M. Charrad.

Author / Creator Charrad, M. (Mounira)
Imprint Berkeley : University of California Press, 2001.
Description 1 online resource (xviii, 341 pages) : maps
Language English
Subject Women's rights -- Africa, North -- History.
Muslim women -- Government policy -- Africa, North -- History.
Domestic relations (Islamic law) -- Africa, North -- History.
Tribes -- Africa, North -- History.
Musulmanes -- Politique gouvernementale -- Afrique du Nord -- Histoire.
Tribus -- Afrique du Nord -- Histoire.
Femmes -- Droits -- Afrique du Nord -- Histoire.
Famille -- Droit islamique -- Afrique du Nord -- Histoire.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Political Freedom & Security -- Civil Rights.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Political Freedom & Security -- Human Rights.
Domestic relations (Islamic law)
Muslim women -- Government policy.
Politics and government
Women's rights.
Nationaal recht.
Droit islamique.
Droits de la femme.
Politique gouvernementale.
Femmes -- Droits -- Afrique du Nord.
Musulmanes -- Conditions sociales -- Afrique du Nord.
Famille -- Droit islamique -- Afrique du Nord.
Africa, North -- Politics and government.
Afrique du Nord -- Politique et gouvernement.
North Africa.
Afrique du Nord.
Afrique du Nord -- Politique et gouvernement -- 20e siècle.
Electronic books.
Format E-Resource, Book
URL for this record
ISBN 9780520935471
Digital file characteristics data file
Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary At a time when the situation of women in the Islamic world is of global interest, here is a study that unlocks the mystery of why women's fates vary so greatly from one country to another. Mounira M. Charrad analyzes the distinctive nature of Islamic legal codes by placing them in the larger context of state power in various societies. Charrad argues that many analysts miss what is going on in Islamic societies because they fail to recognize the logic of the kin-based model of social and political life, which she contrasts with the Western class-centered model. In a skillful synthesis, she shows how the logic of Islamic legal codes and kin-based political power affect the position of women. These provide the key to Charrad's empirical puzzle: why, after colonial rule, women in Tunisia gained broad legal rights (even in the absence of a feminist protest movement) while, despite similarities in culture and religion, women remained subordinated in post-independence Morocco and Algeria. Charrad's elegant theory, crisp writing, and solid scholarship make a unique contribution in developing a state-building paradigm to discuss women's rights.
Other form Print version: Charrad, M. (Mounira). States and women's rights. Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2001 0520073231