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

I read this after reading Scheherazade Goes West – which expands drexms the differences shown here. Original review I bought this book as brand new. Lords of the Atlas: Inshe studied political science at the Sorbonne and at Brandeis University, where she earned her doctorate.

An enjoyable and interesting book giving us a peek into the lives of women in a harem, the observance of Islamic life in Morocco and the environment in which the author grew up. Face masks, hair treatments and henna were all applied and not removed until they reached the baths. And you developed a talent tespass working very trespasx at becoming good at something. At one point Mernissi quotes a poem which states that anyone who doesn’t have any control over her life lives in a harem.

Apparently, they went right for the ladies. Some women who view themselves as “modern” even embroider images of birdwings in flight, an image that is seen as very threatening for more traditional women. As a sociologist, Mernissi did fieldwork mainly in Morocco. First of all we wear hijab from our comolete free wil, because we “choose” to follow God’s rules in our holy book, no at all “men’s rules”, we wear hijab not due to oppression or illiteracy, but as a result of our freedom of choice.


Dreams can change your life, and eventually talez world. You are going to create a planet without walls and without frontiers where the gatekeepers have off every day of the year. It trepsass also a good read for anyone interested in feminism and its worldwide applications. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. Like members of a secret society, they took their freedoms when they could.

Do we have to construct our own freedom and how do we do so? Sep 01, Barbara Burd rated it really liked it.

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

We were traveling to Fez so I thought I should read a bit about the life of woman tresppass Fez. Tales of a Harem Girlhood is a coming of age story, set in Morocco during WWII, an account of Yasmina’s attempt to decipher the cloistered world within and the greater world beyond the family home in Fez.

Although it appears to be a memoir, the author’s web site refers to it as giflhood work of fiction and Wikipedia notes that this fact appears in the French and Arabic version, but not in the English one.

The worst of prisons is a self-created one. Buy the selected items together This item: View the Study Pack. Other times, she said that a harem meant misfortune because a woman had to share her husband with may others. Worried that Mernissi is too shy and quiet, her mother tells her, “You must learn to scream and protest, just the way you learned to walk and talk.

The only reason it got three stars is that it isn’t written all that well.


Together they would pool their resources to maintain an tredpass household. But really, that is a quite remote hope, even with her beautiful depiction of the details of it. This novel is a much gentler, more subtle investigation of the culture through the eyes of a young girl who is trying to make sense of her world. Adult reflections giving us hints of the world beyond girlhoo walls are presented as discussions she had with adults mostly women in the large household.

And the ending phrase, is something everyone can get behind. Add both to Cart Add both to List. The only difference was that some managed to share those wonderful things, and others did not.

The book was an easy read and had many historic facts that helped me understand what a “modern” day harem is all about–this is not easily answered you find out. The memoir details a fictive tirlhood of Mernissi’s childhood and adolescence in a traditional harem in Fez, Morocco during the s and early s.

Girrlhood having various fellow co-wives, the latter seems happier than the domineering Lala. A man, his sons, and their wives would live under the same roof.

That is what happened to Scheherezade, the author of the thousand and one tales. There are various sorts of harem around the world and the author describes two distinct types in her narrative. To paraphrase Oscar Wilde, ‘some of tsles are living in the gutter but we are looking at the stars’, well they are on the rooftops.