This book offers rare insights into the individual experiences of young, educated women in Morocco and women of Moroccan origin in France. They speak about their understanding of Islam and their personal and professional goals and challenges and offer views on the reform of the Personal Status Code (family law) in Morocco and the ban on overt religious insignia (that is, the veil) in French public schools. Despite their different places of residence, remarkable similarities emerge.
Doris H. Gray is an independent scholar in Tallahassee, Florida.
Part 1 Introduction Part 2 Part I. Transgressing Boundaries Chapter 3 The Kingdom of the West Chapter 4 The Western Hexagon Chapter 5 Measuring Opinions Chapter 6 Women Chapter 7 Topics of Conversation Chapter 8 Public versus Private Chapter 9 Confidence and Trust Chapter 10 Friendship Chapter 11 Behind the Veil Chapter 12 Language Chapter 13 Rendez-vous Part 14 Part II. The Tar of My Country . . . Chapter 15 Immigration Chapter 16 The Beurs Chapter 17 No Journey Home Chapter 18 Emigration Chapter 19 Change Is Slow Chapter 20 Progressive Conservatives Part 21 Part III. To God Belong the East and the West Chapter 22 Women in Islam Chapter 23 Women as Religious Leaders Chapter 24 Sufism Chapter 25 Islam in France Chapter 26 Laicite Chapter 27 Morocco: Islam as a State Religion Chapter 28 What Makes a Muslim a Muslim Chapter 29 What Nakes for a Muslim Chapter 30 Reading and Reciting the Qur'an Chapter 31 Ramadan and Prayer Chapter 32 International Exposure Chapter 33 Peace versus Terrorism Chapter 34 Choice Part 35 Part IV. Law of God, Law of Man Chapter 36 Sources of Islamic law Chapter 37 Personal Status Code and the Role of Women Chapter 38 Child Marriage and Concubines Chapter 39 The Guardian (wali) Chapter 40 Polygamy Chapter 41 Upholding Tradition Chapter 42 Law Reform Chapter 43 West of East Chapter 44 Rural-urban Divide Chapter 45 Religious and Social Change Chapter 46 A Step in the Right Direction Chapter 47 Justice and Benevolence Chapter 48 The Moroccan Woman Chapter 49 Law, Culture and Religion Chapter 50 France Unveiled Chapter 51 The Cross and the Crescent Chapter 52 Voices of the She Rebels Chapter 53 Standardizing Laws Part 54 Part V. A journey of a hundred years Chapter 55 Challenges Not Problems Chapter 56 Taking Up the Pen in France Chapter 57 . . . and in Morocco Chapter 58 Key Issues Chapter 59 Entering the Public Sphere Chapter 60 Does my Opinion Matter? Chapter 61 Social Class Chapter 62 Muslim Women as World Leaders Chapter 63 Living Alone Chapter 64 Marriage Chapter 65 Friends Part 66 Part VI. Conclusions Part 67 Appendices Chapter 68 Glossary of Arabic Terms Chapter 69 Glossary of French Terms Chapter 70 List of Participants