East and West Encounters and Double Critique in Fatema Mernissi’s Writings

  • Jessica da Silva C. de Oliveira
Part of the Global Political Sociology book series (GLPOSO)


This chapter brings an exploration of the writings of Moroccan sociologist, feminist writer, and activist Fatema Mernissi in her attempt to answer the question: what is at stake in thinking and writing between the East and the West? And also, how different responses to such questioning may offer basis for a decolonial approach of “double critique” in what regards East and West encounters. As defined by Abdelkebir Khatibi, double critique requires the rejection of totalizing knowledges (Western or non-Western) without erasing the experience and locus of enunciation of resistant subjects/subjectivities. In personifying the dilemmas of someone who is aware of the complexity of the hudud (or, the “sacred frontier”) both in Muslim societies (in her case, Moroccan society) and in the realms of “East” and “West” encounters, Mernissi’s writings come across as attempts to narrate the sort of “dis-orientations” affecting one’s epistemological, cultural, and personal “frontiers” when dealing with otherness.


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  • Jessica da Silva C. de Oliveira
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  1. 1.Department of International RelationsPontifical Catholic University of Minas GeraisPoços de CaldasBrazil

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