100 most powerful Arab women 2013
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Fatema Mernissi

Fatema Mernissi

Industry: Arts and entertainment

Designation: Feminist writer, Sociologist

Country: Morocco

Occupation: Feminist writer, Sociologist

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.