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Dreams of Trespass

Tales of A Harem Girlhood
Mernissi, Fatima (Book - 1995 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Dreams of Trespass


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I was born in a harem in 1940 in Fez, Morocco... So begins Fatima Mernissi in this narrative of a childhood behind the iron gates of a domestic harem. She weaves her own memories with the dreams and memories of the women who surrounded her in the courtyard of her youth - women who, deprived of access to the world outside, recreated it from sheer imagination. Fatima Mernissi tells the story of a girl confronting the mysteries of time and place, gender and sex in the Muslim world of the latter half of the 20th century.
Authors: Mernissi, Fatima
Title: Dreams of trespass
tales of a harem girlhood
Publisher: New York :, Basic Books,, [1995]
Characteristics: 242 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Fatima Mernissi ; photographs by Ruth V. Ward
Notes: Originally published: Reading, Mass. : Addison-Wesley, c1994
Contents: My harem frontiers
Scheherazade, the king, and the words
The French Harem
Yasmina's first co-wife
Chama and the Caliph
Tamou's horse
The harem within
Aquatic dishwashing
Moonlit nights of laughter
The men's salon
World War II: view from the courtyard
Asmahan, the singing princess
The Harem goes to the movies
Egyptian feminists visit the terrace
Princess Budur's fate
The forbidden terrace
Mina, the rootless
American cigarettes
Mustaches and breasts
The silent dream of wings and flights
Skin politics: eggs, dates, and other beauty secrets
Henna, clay, and men's stares
ISBN: 0201489376
9780201489378
0201626497
Branch Call Number: 305.4869 M566d 1995
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  • MysTeri rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Gracefully written memoir depicting the author's childhood in Fez, Morocco, in the 1940's

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