Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood

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Addison-Wesley, 1994 - Social Science - 242 pages
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"I was born in a harem in 1940 in Fez, Morocco..." So begins Fatima Mernissi in this exotic and rich narrative. With a magical tale-spinner's words, this world-renowned scholar, one of the most eloquent voices of feminism in the Muslim world, weaves her own memories with dreams and fantasies of the women who surrounded her in the courtyard of her childhood. It is the magic of recreating a world of one's own, navigating beyond the frontiers, that Mernissi describes with great wit and color. In a book as evocative as anything found in A Thousand and One Nights, she writes of the politics of seduction and the harem as metaphor. Peopled with marvelous, wise, and funny women - all individualists - Dreams of Trespass is a provocative book whose rewards go far.

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Wonderful insight into harem life. - Goodreads
Only the ending was a bit disappointing. - Goodreads
this book was easy to read and very engaging. - Goodreads
Very interesting, but no plot. - Goodreads

Review: Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood

User Review  - Dana Gibson - Goodreads

I read this for a class. It is interesting to learn about harem life. I am thankful that I was not born into this kind of lifestyle, but I enjoyed the stories and learning about a new culture. Read full review

Review: Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood

User Review  - Stormy - Goodreads

1994 Memoir. To be reviewed by CO RPCV bookclub 12/9/15.Mernissi is one of the famous feminists in Morocco. This book is about growing up in a harem and a woman in a Muslim world. Memoir. Read full review

Contents

My Harem Frontiers i
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io The Mens Salon 82
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Scheherazade the King and the Words
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About the author (1994)

Fatema Mernissi is a professor of sociology at the University of Mohammed V in Rabat, Morocco. An Islamic feminist whose books have been published in twenty-six countries, she is the bestselling author of "Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood, The Veil and the Male Elite, " and "Beyond the Veil.

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