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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At one point Mernissi quotes a poem which states that anyone who doesn’t have any control over her life lives in a harem.

We get rare glimpse of what went on in the ‘s behind those high walls with little windows-inside was a whole other world meant to be hales from the outside world-a “retreat” that was supposed to hide as well girlhod to protect women-that “veil” was dropped after many years and the author speaks to its demise-enjoyable read!

Don’t have a Kindle? See and discover other items: Fatima, her younger siblings, her mother and father make up one wing of the household along with some relatives, usually divorced or widowed. In Fez, we had a guide who walked us thru the Medina, turns out he is the son of the author Fatema’s cousin and currently lives in the very Riad house that the book describes — small world! And the ending phrase, is something e I read this after reading Scheherazade Goes West – which expands on the differences shown here.

The Morrocan feminist is an icon in her own country. I wonder what the Queen’s views are of on this as she has great work, a 24 carat gold cage and is often allowed out, but not alone, and is guarded once back home?

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

Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. I was surprised to find such an extraordinary range of personalities and viewpoints all living together within the harem. Together they would pool their resources to maintain an extended household. I will be traveling to Morocco soon, and I was captivated by this book. Mernissi talked about the importance for women to not be restricted in their movements and I think Steinem would agree: By Amber Alexander Through my own adventures, I strive to provide insight into experiences that will enrich your life.

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Yasmina, though personally living in the confines of a harem, also bucks tradition on many minor points. This section contains words approx.

Thiss is complete bias, Or the part where she says that women wear hijab to distinguish them from men when in the street! Books by Fatema Mernissi.

Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood

There are various sorts of harem around the world and the author describes two distinct types in Semi-autobiographical. Fatima is born just an hour after her cousin, Samir, and her mother immediately defies tradition by insisting that there be a joyous celebration over the births of both children, not just the boy talea.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. In the late s and in the s Mernissi contributed articles to periodicals and other publications on women in Morocco and women and Islam from a contemporary as well as from a historical perspective. It weaves old Moroccan tails with current changes which was so entertaining. Born in Morocco in during the transition between tradition and modernity, she was a witness to the war and colonialism by the French.

Questa bambina vive all’interno di esso: This aside, Mernissi does not attack any religious institution in her book.

“Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood” by Fatima Mernissi

I felt like I was reading a diary of an year-old so it tended to be repetitive and a little bit boring in places. To ask other readers questions about Dreams of Trespassplease sign up. So, grateful for their help, Yaya would tell them about her village in Sudan in exchange. Set in the early forties, frespass way of life is no longer the norm in Morocco.

The image most Americans have of harem life is pretty much a male fantasy that doesn’t reflect the reality. Preview — Dreams of Trespass by Fatema Mernissi.


Jun 11, Nancy rated it it was amazing Recommended to Nancy by: Only men can come and go freely. Mernissi’s mother and aunts learn about the world only through clandestine girphood to the radio and rumours from Egypt and Turkey and the alien Christian world across the Mediterranean, and Mernissi’s childhood was spent amidst women who believed in the promise that a new world was possible while worried about what a loss of tradition might entail.

Trespss a FREE sample. Relatives and their children would often come to stay. She studies the stories and off of those around her, taking advice such as hirlhood offered by a servant named Mina who tells Fatima that she must always draw on her own strength. Subscribe to our mailing list. View the Lesson Plans.

There is masses of underlining inside. Fatima Mernissi is a great writer and leaves us to drop our nostalgic memories encouraged by orientalist male writers of the wonderful freedom of the harem to face the enslavement that it truly represented for the women trapped inside.

I sought out hales book because I have an upcoming solo trip to Morocco. Dreams of Trespass is the provocative story of a girl confronting the mysteries of time and place, gender and sex in the recent Muslim world. Traveling is my passion and I want to share that with you. And magic flourishes when you spell out that dream and make the frontiers vanish. The divorced aunt, Harm and Fatima’s older cousin, Chama, were the leaders in these exploits.

To paraphrase Oscar Wilde, ‘some of us are living in the gutter but we are looking at the stars’, well they are on the rooftops.