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Fatema Mernissi is a Moroccan sociologist who is well known for her first work ‘Beyond the Veil: Male-Female Dyanmics in a Modern Muslim Society’ which was published in 1975.
Mernissi points to the central role of women in early Islam as evidence of how anti-woman attitudes are not rooted in Islam.
In her book ‘The Forgotten Queens of Islam’ Mernissi tells the stories of the reign of fifteen Islamic female leaders from the days of early Islam to the present day. She uses their legacy as evidence against the common misconception that Muslim women have had little influence in politics.