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
The ending was a bit of a dissapointment, though. - Goodreads

Review: Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood

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Wonderful look at harem life in 1940s Morocco. Mernissi had, as she tells it, a very happy childhood; her family was well off and by and large loving, and her parents were relatively liberal. But it's ... Read full review

Review: Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood

User Review  - Wallace - Goodreads

As the only book I've ever read about Morocco, I find this to be a very valuable resource for an American seeking to understand another culture. It offers a very human, very compelling view of Islam ... Read full review


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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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