Dreams of trespass : tales of a harem girlhood / Fatima Mernissi ; photographs by Ruth V. Ward

Author(s): Mernissi, Fatima
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Subjects: Muslim women--Morocco--Biography
Morocco--Social life and customs
Mernissi, Fatima--Childhood and youth
Formats: Print
Material Type: Books
Language: English
Audience: Unspecified
Published: New York : Basic Books, [1995]
LC Classification: C, CT
Physical Description: 242 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Notes: Invalid LCCN: 93039523
ISBN: 0201489376 (pbk.)
ISBN: 9780201489378 (pbk.)
Invalid ISN: 0201626497
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
Summary: "I was born in a harem in 1940 in Fez, Morocco..." So begins Fatima Mernissi in the exotic and rich narrative of a childhood behind the iron gates of a domestic harem. In Dreams of Trespass, Mernissi 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. This book is the provocative story of a girl confronting the mysteries of time and place, gender and sex in the recent Muslim world.--Back cover
King library copy: purchased with monies from Bridging Cultures : Muslim Journeys Grant
Donation Info: Donor : Bridging Cultures : Muslim Journeys Grant
OCLC Number: 62170090
ISBN/ISSN: 0201489376