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
Beautiful prose flows throughout - Goodreads
The ending was a bit of a dissapointment, though. - Goodreads
Very interesting, but no plot. - Goodreads

Review: Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood

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Fascinating content and milieu. I met a woman younger than me here in Morocco who told me that her grandmother literally did not leave the house except to change from her father's house to her husband ... Read full review

Review: Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood

User Review  - wendy - Goodreads

this is a lovely memoir, each chapter an intimate look into another aspect of living in a harem from the perspective of a child now grown into a sociologist. mernissi's coming of age story, to some ... 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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