Author: Claire Noon.
This paper seeks to evaluate missiological approaches to Muslim women in the light of the analysis of Moroccan Islamic feminist, Fatima Mernissi. The Christian perspective on women’s status and role in Islamic societies is essentially etic and mission thinkers have been criticised for misunderstanding Islamic cultures, particularly in their view of women. In
studying the emic approach of Fatima Mernissi, the paper aims to gain an “outsider’s inside” perspective and to use this as a benchmark by which to evaluate current missionary approaches to Muslim women. Section one summarises and analyses Mernissi’s central arguments in regard to the situation for women in Islam, the roots of the problem and the solution
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