The Moroccan intellectual and sociologist Fatima Mernissi has now her professorship at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). The launching ceremony of this extraordinary professorship was held on November 11 in Mexico City, “with the aim to create an institutional space for the enrichment and diversification of teaching, academic integration and radiation,” reports MAP.
Morocco’s ambassador to Mexico City, Abdelfattah Lebbar, and Ana Buquet Corleto, director of the UNAM Center for Research and Studies on Gender Equality, and Mustapha Ouzir, head of Spanish Language and Literature Department at Mohammed V University took part in the event.
The opportunity for them to pay tribute to this sociologist who laid the foundations for lucid and inclusive thinking on, in particular, feminism in the MENA region. The Moroccan ambassador also emphasized the defunct’s struggle for the women’s cause and the legacy of her pioneering thinking in the Arab-Muslim world, praising the courage, daring and forward character guardian of his work “.
As part of the same cooperation agreement between Mohammed V University (UM5) and the National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexican philosopher Graciela Hierro is also entitled to an extraordinary chair at UM5. Signed in 2017, this agreement “allows to carry out several activities jointly (conferences, courses, research stays, discussion forums …) in order to deepen the study of the issues and the alternatives bearing on themes essential to contemporary societies ” according to media reports.
Mernissi was born in Fez on September 27, 1940. She studied at Rabat’s Mohammed V University, Sorbonne University in Paris, and Brandeis University in Massachusetts. As an Islamic feminist, Mernissi analyzed women’s roles in Islam. She studied the relationship between Islam and democracy, the historical development of Islamic thought, and the role of gender in public and private spheres.