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L’harem E L’occidente by Fatema Mernissi 9788809047754
Return to Book Page. Now, in Scheherazade Goes West, Mernissi reveals her unique experiences as a liberated, independent Moroccan woman faced with the peculiarities and unexpected encroachments of Western culture.
Her often surprising discoveries about the conditions of and attitudes toward women around the world — and the exquisitely embroidered amalgam of clear-eyed autobiography and dazzling meta-fiction by which she relates those assorted discoveries — add up to a deliciously wry, engagingly cosmopolitan, and deeply penetrating narrative.
Paperbackpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Scheherazade Goes Westplease sign up. Es un 3 y medio. See 1 question about Scheherazade Goes West…. Lists with This Book. May 16, Hend rated it liked it Shelves: She should be ready to move, the tale teaches, that love can engulf and imprison you … She is impressed by the wisdo Fatema begins her book by narrating the story of The Lady with the Feather Dress mentioned in the The Arabian Nights.
She should be ready to move, the tale teaches, that love can engulf and imprison you … She is impressed by the wisdom of her grandmother,who has always encouraged her to leave her country,and try to learn from other cultures,she uses her Sufi heritage to help her be patient and open to learn…… With the knowledge of other cultures we can compare ourselves to others, and came to gain better understanding of ourselves…. And that oral heritage has been a record for a lot of traditions that has a very powerful effect She thinks that men are irresistibly attracted to independent women and fall deeply in love with them, but are always terrified of being abandoned And that is why men used to imprison women As they recognize their uncontrollable force She then move to another point which is Western representations of Scheherazade in ballet, Hollywood movies and paintings Which was completely different from the eastern point of view As she was seen as intelligent an smart woman who has succeeded in saving many women from death Her ability to penetrate Shahriyar’s brain by using the power of her stories She was using her wisdom to get control over him And get him repent killing all those brides She sees her as woman of a particular political role who was rescuing her own life for stopping all this killing As if she was so ,she would have been killed at her first night, like the others She was having the role of a psychiatrist who was trying to heal his patient’s wounds She was trying to say by her stories that you are not the only man who has been betrayed She also differentiate between different Islamic cultures,saying that Turkish women were having control over their men, and gave examples of famous powerful women in different cultures,like Empress of the Mughal EmpireNur Jahan who was the best tiger haunter I wanna tell u Ms.
Rantisi that this is not existing any more,eastern men are now obsessed with skinny blonde girls View all 10 comments. View all 4 comments. Feb 20, DoctorM rated it liked it Shelves: I wasn’t sure what to make of this at first, but I rather like it. It’s playful and a bit tongue-in-cheek, but also a sly allegory of sexual politics East and West. Mernissi uses the occasion of an author tour promoting her “Dreams of Trespass” to talk about Western v. Eastern views of the harem and of harem women.
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.
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 unclad. She points out that the harem inmates of Arab legend say, the concubines and slave girls in the “Thousand and One Nights” are valued for their intelligence and poetic skills, and that the caliphs and sultans of folklore fall in love with women who can challenge them at chess rather merely offer up decorative complaisance.
Women in Islam, she writes, are controlled spatially confined within physical borders the harem, the veil established by men. Women in the West are confined by something else, by the ability of men to value them only for beauty. 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.
The Western world simply denies that women can embody any kind of power not based in physical beauty, and confines women by defining them as silent. She occidete it to the reader to decide which is more cruel in the long run. Dec 28, Chris rated it really occldente it Shelves: While it is possible to read this book prior to reading Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem GirlhoodI would recommend reading Dreams first.
This book looks at the idea of the harem from the Western male view, something which confuses Mernissi because her view of the harem is radically different and more accurate.
Her conclusions, in particular in regards to what a Western is, are interesting. Nov 11, Noor Al. Genuinely this is the 2nd book that I hate the moment when I finish it cuz I just don’t want from it to have an end!!!
I dont know if I have the power to do a good review pccidente it here right now. So I’ll just post my review next Sunday after the hangover on my blog. Thank Fatima Mernissi I really want to attend ur classes fagema ur dead right now so I think reading ur books will be occidene.
Feb 28, Elham rated it it was amazing Shelves: Mernissi wrote this book after her book tour through Europe and America for another of her books – Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood. She’s a sociologist and a great storyteller – taking after Scheherazade herself. This book is a study of the West’s perception of the Middle East, and how that perception brings into sharper focus Western values. For example, she spends a lot of time exploring the Western man’s obsession and fantasy of the harem.
She debunks the occidwnte of the harem by co Mernissi wrote this book after her book tour through Europe and America for another of her books – Dreams of Trespass: She debunks the myth of the harem by comparing its Eastern purpose a defined space that houses women and children and separates them from men with the Western man’s projections of the harem being a pleasure house where scantily clad women are always available to satisfy their every need.
She also discusses the importance of travel to understand people of other cultures, and in doing so, mernisi to a better understanding of yourself wn she did while on her book tour. All this is cleverly weaved in with discussions about some of the famous Nights tales. Apr 27, Megan rated it it was amazing.
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Mernissi illustrates the sharp contrast of the western and eastern harems the western harem being one of ideology rather than physical presence while also analyzing the differing sexual attitudes, depiction, and behaviors of the west and the east.
In other words women of the Muslim harems are not subservient sex slaves, rather the woman take an active part in the sexual male vs female dichotomy were intelligence is both expected and necessary. This of course contrasts the western harem were intelligence is seen as a hindrance to beauty. For the west an intelligent women is, not so much damaged goods as mutated; to clarify a woman is not damaged by her intelligence unlike, for example, when losing her virginity but mutated into a creature of thought and there for not a being of beauty.
But why is female intelligence so different in the east and west?
Scheherazade Goes West: Different Cultures, Different Harems
By controlling what beauty is defined as men can control what woman can and cannot be. If beauty is to be unintelligent and subservient then woman are denied or discouraged from certain subjects and activities e.
Apr 07, Traci rated it it was amazing. Excellent analysis of how Muslim and Western men view women specifically harem women, but also women in general. Great not only for analyzing gender relations in the Harn, but also cultural differences.
I felt that the author stereotyped individuals in each culture, but her observations about each culture were spot on. Or, at least her observations about gender relations in Western culture were.
But someone who can figure out so much about Western culture from the outside merniss probably make eq Excellent analysis of how Muslim and Western men view women specifically harem women, but also women in general. But someone who can figure out so much about Western culture from the outside can probably make equally true observations about her own culture from the inside.
Here are some of my favorite quotes: Could it be that in their fantasies, Westerners imagine women without wings?
Femininity is the beautiful, masculinity is the sublime. The mernissk is, of course, the capacity to think, to rise higher than the animal and the physical world. If she dare to look fifty, or worse, sixty, she is beyond the pale. To be beautiful, women have to appear childish and brainless. When a woman looks mature and self-assertive, or allows her hips to expand, she is condemned as ugly.
Mar 17, Arda rated it liked it. This is a great book to refer to when caught up in a heated discussion about the perception of lccidente in the harne vs. This book almost takes us to private rooms through time and space and in which the dynamics between men and women are more easily understood. Scheherazade is ultimately the storyteller with samar; the ability to speak softly in the darkness and open up incredibly rich veins of feeling – she is a super hare who could change the mind of a criminal and save not on This is a great book to refer to when caught up in a heated discussion about the perception of women in the west vs.
Scheherazade is ultimately the storyteller with samar; the ability to speak softly in the darkness and open up incredibly rich veins of feeling – she is a super communicator who could change the mind of a criminal and occidenfe not only herself but also an entire kingdom by slowly changing the mind of the chief decision-maker, the king.
But Scheherazade’s presence in the west is silenced, and she is limited to being a pretty passive girl who does not even speak. Mernissi is critical of the Muslim man’s genuine fear of the woman the otherbut she is as critical, if not even more so, of the western man’s insistence that what makes fatsma woman merniasi and beautiful is her quietness, lack of knowledge, dependence and eternal youth.
Jun 20, kasia rated it really liked it.