Dreams of Trespass has ratings and reviews. Petra Eggs said: Original review I bought this book as brand new. It looks brand new. It feels bran. Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood Summary & Study Guide includes detailed chapter summaries and analysis, quotes, character descriptions. Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, December , Pages 68, Book Reviews Dreams of Trespass: Tales of A Harem Girlhood By Fatima Mernissi.

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Yaya, the quietest of the co-wives, was quite fragile. She spins amiable, often improbable tales of the rigidly proper city harem in Fez and the contrasting freedoms of the country harem where her grandmother Yakima lives. From her highly sheltered world dominated mostly by men, Fatima struggles to find a balance between remaining loyal to her family and roots, while growing up into a modern, independent woman.

Although sometimes, in a guarded, sheltered, covered flock they might be allowed out for a visit here and there, but then brought back home and locked up again. She is also very clear on the differences between urban life in Fez and the relative independence enjoyed by women on the family’s rural lands. There is masses of underlining inside.

Her uncle had two, but there were more women, mostly widowed or divorced relatives, plus many children in the household. In short, she is the kind of person many women ttespass me would like to have tea with because she is an inspiration. Although it appears to be a memoir, the author’s web site refers talea it as a work of fiction and Wikipedia notes that this fact appears in the French and Arabic version, but not in the English one. English Choose a language for shopping. Her early years were spent living in a harem in Fez – harem ereams the place of shelter or the living quarters for females – mothers, daughters, widows, aunts, etc.

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. I was rather surprised to see a couple reviewers blasting Mernissi for writing that seemingly “attacks the religion of Islam,” and for misusing the term “harem. Plus, on a practical note. This is a delightful memoir.

Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood Summary & Study Guide

Tales of a Harem Girlhood by Fatema Mernissi. Return to Book Page.

The idea of a harem in the s is somewhat different than the stereotype, and the definition of the word is something that Mernissi goes into in great detail.

I found this a bit of a slow read and put it down part way through to read something lighter, hence the three stars. And even more interesting is to learn about feminists from non-Western countries and how other women practice feminism in cultures that might not even have that word in their vocabulary.

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To never veil herself and to live a life happier than the women who came before her. The Sirens of Baghdad. A must read if one is to understand the reality behind books by authors like Mahfouz. It is safe to say that she is the doyenne of scholarly research addressing the validity or lack thereof of the hadith regarding the subjugation of women.

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Their grand-daughter questions the Hudud or frontiers that separate women from men, Christians from Muslims, the French from the Moroccans, and most of all what is considered Halal pure from Haram forbidden or sinful. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Mernissi emphasises throughout the book the idea of borders, of the artficial hadem running through society and especially the idea that, for the harem women, it was an act of trespass, something forbidden, to go outside their family courtyards.


Alexa Trespxss Analytics for the Web. This memoir is set in the background of the French and Spanish occupations, with some incursions by Germany right before World War II, and takes place in the harem where Ms. Mernissi relates the two controlling influences in the harem: Her semi-autobiographical Dreams of Trespass is probably her best-known book in the USA due to its easy-going, humorous tone and insights into a culture the average Western reader knows little about.

In harems, the household tasks were taken care drwams on a strict rotation system.

Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood Summary & Study Guide

She was the official storyteller of the harem. Browse all BookRags Study Guides. Mernissi was a Moroccan feminist writer and sociologist, who grespass in November Quotes from Dreams of Trespas I loved this book.

Aug 10, Rebecca rated it really liked it. I like to interweave my adventures with books that will enlighten me on the history and culture of the area. Sep 14, GhaDeeR rated it liked it.

Fatima’s mother has support from several of the women in the harem, including Fatima’s cousin Chama who is openly rebellious. I wished to congratulate Fatima Mernissi for her book and for the nostalgic read she offered to me.