Fatema Mernissi has published several books on the position of
women in the rapidly changing Muslim communities in Morocco. In 1975 she published the result
of her first fieldwork: Beyond the Veil: Male-Female Dynamics in Modern Muslim Society.
Much of her work has been translated in many languages and is widely read, also
in Islamic countries. In the 1980s she directed sociological research for UNESCO,
ILO and the United Nations Population Fund. This resulted in a book with selected
interviews. In the 1990s Mernissi stopped working on women’s issues and switched
to civil society as her major topic. She has served as a member in many national,
pan-Arabic and international forums on women and development in the Islamic world.
She is currently a lecturer of sociology
at the Mohammed V University of Rabat, and research scholar at the University Institute
of Scientific Research.