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Eastern views of the harem and of harem women.

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The book really leads up to the final chapter though, which is nothing but brilliant. Mernissi discovers through conversations with Western colleagues and friends that the Western idea of the occirente is one where women haaren silent, uneducated,and powerless, whereas her understanding, and as she positions it the understanding of the East, a harem is a place that holds powerful and more often than not educated women.

Tales of a Harem Girlhood by Fatima Mernissi. Mernissi reminds her readers that Islamic male society understands and fears the power of the self-assured, intelligent woman, and confines that power within literal walls.

Scheherazade Goes West was a bit of a slow read but nonetheless informative and interesting. But Scheherazade’s presence in the west is silenced, and she is limited to being a pretty passive girl who does not even speak. She’s a sociologist and a great storyteller – taking after Scheherazade herself.

While it is possible to read this book prior to reading Dreams of Trespass: Interviews with Moroccan Women: They started giving measures of beauty and of the utility of a woman as a whole.


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She plays the role of the slightly naive visitor trying to ask why Western artists and authors insist on portraying the women of Turkish and Arab harems as silent, yet habitually uncl I wasn’t sure what to make of this at first, but I rather like it.

Sep 22, GhaDeeR rated it really liked it.

Search for books in Thanks for telling us about the problem. So, if these were places of reclusion devoid of sensuality and sexuality, by merjissi closed and interdicted to men, where anger and frustration existed in equal measures, why then did those established Western artists take pleasure in representing them as they did, so contrary to reality?

Less freedom is given to men in what concerns women, with the emergence of the feminine movements that enabled women to speak out and rely less on men. To frame youth as beauty and to condemn maturity is the weapon used in this part of the world.

I have to read more about how fashion and media images restricts female influence. Leila Ahmed – – Feminist Studies 8 3: To ask other readers questions about Scheherazade Goes Westplease sign up. We get to know immense about thousand and one nights from its emergence as an oral tradition to translation to distortion, representation and misrepresentation through multiple forms.

The Challenge of a Princess’s Memoir. Approximate Decidability in Euclidean Spaces. Tales of a Harem Girlhood: The sublime is, of course, the capacity to think, to rise higher than the animal and the physical world.


Dec 28, Chris rated it really liked it Shelves: Sometimes I felt occiddnte the plot line got off track and didn’t follow the main point, and therefore se 3. But in the Occident, men dominate women by unveiling what beauty ought to be….

More editions of L’harem e l’Occidente: Es un 3 y medio. By controlling what beauty is defined as men can control what woman can and cannot be. Men act like observers and they consider women as useless objects that they can enjoy looking at whenever they like.

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With the pursuit of attaining authority, men in the east and others in the west differ. Ruby Lal – – Feminist Studies 30 3: The difference occidenhe western and eastern men is occidenet in paintings as well, as the passage says: Through this powerful weapon, man attempts to respond to the increased ability of the woman to occupy public soil and to establish herself professionally by enclosing the feminine in a binding obligation.

Mernissi discovers through conversations with Western colleagues and friends that the Western idea Scheherazade Goes West: And what does this tell us about the differences in gender relations in different places? Merniss I felt like the plot line got off track and didn’t follow the main point, and therefore seemed a little boring at times.