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Fatima Mernissi
Birth date: 1940-01-01
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Chris' Fish Place
Chris' Fish Place rated it 3 years ago
While it is possible to read this book prior to reading Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood, I would recommend reading Dreams first.This book looks at the idea of the harem from the Western male view, something which confuses Mernissi because her view of the harem is radically different (a...
Chris' Fish Place
Chris' Fish Place rated it 3 years ago
I read this after reading Scheherazade Goes West - which expands on the differences shown here.This is actually a wonderful book about Mernissi's childhood in a harem and a comparison of that harem with that of her grandmother. Instead of telling, Mernissi shows you the different lives of the women ...
Chris' Fish Place
Chris' Fish Place rated it 4 years ago
Mernissi’s book is a history of Islam and the introduction of the veil. She draws upon Islamic scholar, to prove her thesis that the veil is social construct more than a religious must. Her chapter about the hiqab is game changing. In part, her thesis is that the Prophet was too pr...
A Reading Vocation
A Reading Vocation rated it 5 years ago
This book intrigued me for a long time -- who isn't intrigued by the idea of a harem? As such, I'm glad that the book exists. Through it, Westerners can dispel the salacious or exotic associations that the word "harem" brings up -- opulent rooms full of beautiful women who are all sexually bound to ...
wealhtheow
wealhtheow rated it 9 years ago
Frustrated by charges that feminism was a Western ideal, and that Moroccan women had nothing to complain about, Mernissi conducted a series of interviews with women from across the country, of different generations and classes, to prove the critics wrong. I'm so glad she compiled the interviews--th...
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