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Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood summary Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood, series Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood, book Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood, pdf Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood, Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood 720e516f5f The Must Read True Story Of One Muslim Girl S Life In Her Family S French Moroccan Harem, Set Against The Backdrop Of World War II I Was Born In A Harem InIn Fez, Morocco So Begins Fatima Mernissi In This Illuminating 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, Without Access To The World Outside, Recreated It From Sheer Imagination A Beautifully Written Account Of A Girl Confronting The Mysteries Of Time And Place, Gender And Sex, Dreams Of Trespass Illuminates What It Was Like To Be A Modern Muslim Woman In A Place Steeped In Tradition

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    Original review I bought this book as brand new It looks brand new It feels brand new There is masses of underlining inside The seller should be locked up and flogged on the soles of their feet Proper review see comment 5 The book was pretty good, very informative about the goings on in a harem The machinations and manipulations of the women to get what they want which they often do, except freedom They are caged birds who sing on demand and are there to be petted and admired and fed delicacies, but not left to fly free Although sometimes, in a guarded, sheltered, covered flock they might be allowed out for a visit here and there, but then brought back home and locked up again They deal with this by curtailing their dreams or else lying on the rooftop looking at the stars To paraphrase Oscar Wilde, some of us are living in the gutter but we are looking at the stars , well they are on the rooftops Ironically, their country cousins, whom they visit irregularly, do not suffer the same strictures women are out and about on the farm, riding horses and generally being allowed a life The author hated leaving the country to return to the enclosed world of women in the city.Nothing, but nothing, no matter what luxury, or what travail, can ever make up for freedom of choice I wonder what the Queen s views are of on this as she has great work, a 24 carat gold cage and is often allowed out, but not alone, and is guarded once back home

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    When you happen to be trapped powerless behind walls, stuck in a dead end harem, you dream of escape And magic flourishes when you spell out that dream and make the frontiers vanish Dreams can change your life, and eventually the world Liberation starts with images dancing in your little head, and you translate those images in words And words cost nothing Fatima Mernissi, Dreams of Trespass Tales of a Harem GirlhoodI just recently came across Moroccan feminist and sociologist Fatima Mernissi and was sorry to learn that she passed away late last year I m so grateful to her for this text, for hearing her story Someone once told me we are always born into the right place at the right time and Mernissi definitely was Born in Morocco in 1940 during the transition between tradition and modernity, she was a witness to the war and colonialism by the French As a sociologist, most importantly a feminist, she is able to present her story in a coming of age story situated in history I believe she was meant to write this story and she writes it well and so beautifully, even inserting funny yet profound childhood observations We knew that the French were greedy and had come a long way to conquer our land, even though Allah had already given them a beautiful one, with bustling cities, thick forests, luscious green fields, and cows much bigger than ours that gave four times as much milk But somehow the French needed to get home The concept of freedom, especially when it deals with women, is interesting to me because it means different things to different people Is freedom about physical barriers Do we have to construct our own freedom and how do we do so Do we see freedom in the other And even interesting is to learn about feminists from non Western countries and how other women practice feminism in cultures that might not even have that word in their vocabulary I was quite struck by how feminism was done within the harem walls, in what people would say is a very unlikely place to practice feminism.The harem was defined as the place where a man kept his family and sheltered them It was both the place and the members We are introduced to proxemics and boundaries within the harem, and we also learn about the harem of Mernissi s grandmother, Yasmina, in the countryside The harem is a boundary for women and the boundary symbolizes something to overcome somehow in search of freedom Some boundaries are invisible, others are concrete or metallic like the harem s walls or gate.One of the ways feminism was practiced was through storytelling, often intergenerationally In particular, Scheherezade seemed to be a very important literary figure in this world However, words would save the person who knew how to string them artfully together That is what happened to Scheherezade, the author of the thousand and one tales The King was about to chop off her head, but she was able to stop him at the last minute, just by using words I was eager to find out how she had done it It was timely that I read this book just before reading Steinem s My Life on the Road In a sense, their lives are opposites, one grew up on the road, one behind a wall Mernissi talked about the importance for women to not be restricted in their movements and I think Steinem would agree I knew that if you moved around, your mind worked faster, because you were constantly seeing new things that you had to respond to All in all, this account reiterates how powerful words are, how women do have that power to transform their own lives You are going to transform this world, aren t you You are going to create a planet without walls and without frontiers where the gatekeepers have off every day of the year.

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    Despite its appearance on every reading list related to Morocco, I d resisted reading Mernissi s recent recounting of growing up in Fez in the 1940s and 50s A harem girlhood Exotic and titillating, I thought, but not likely a typical upbringing Now that I ve read this fascinating memoir, I realize that the western stereotype of harem dancing girls who take turns pleasing a wealthy sultan hardly matches the reality In fact, Mernissi notes, the everyday domestic harem involves housing the women in an extended family together, in seclusion from the world Mernissi s mother, a grandmother and an aunt found ways to subtly subvert their oppression, taking their cue from the women of Scheherazade s A Thousand and One Nights who did not try to convince society to free them they went ahead and freed themselves From throwing off the veil to creating opportunities for permission to venture beyond the front gate, their small subversions surely are the roots of the liberation Moroccan women enjoy today and are an important part of the country s slow progression toward a democratic and equitable society.

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    A lovely book on multiple levels Mernissi s account of a girlhood in an upper middle class family in Fez in the 1940s is both a luminous and gently affectionate memoir and a penetrating look at the idea of the harem, of a separate women s world within the household Mernissi is very clear the harems of her youth were not the lascivious fantasy lands of the Arabian Nights or Orientalist painting, but communal spaces where the women of the household lived behind a sacred boundary , where they lived in a society of their own Mernissi s mother was a nationalist and a believer in women s freedom, and gave her daughter the strength to become a leading Moroccan academic and advocate of women s rights Mernissi herself paints out harem life in its good points mutual support and communal strength and its bad isolation, lack of privacy, enforced seclusion from the world She is also very clear on the differences between urban life in Fez and the relative independence enjoyed by women on the family s rural lands Mernissi s mother and aunts learn about the world only through clandestine listening to the radio and rumours from Egypt and Turkey and the alien Christian world across the Mediterranean, and Mernissi s childhood was spent amidst women who believed in the promise that a new world was possible while worried about what a loss of tradition might entail Mernissi emphasises throughout the book the idea of borders, of the artficial separations running through society and especially the idea that, for the harem women, it was an act of trespass, something forbidden, to go outside their family courtyards Mernissi s climactic point is clear enough the mark of weakness is to be penned within borders, to be forced to stay in a narrow, enclosed world A lovely and surprisingly powerful book, and highly recommended.

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    Dreams of Trespass 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 The book almost seems a cross between an autobiography and an ethnographic study of French Colonial Morocco, just as the stirrings of an independence movement are in the air It can t really be compared to The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank but there are certain similarities in the manner in which it portrays a young girl at the onset of maturation, held captive at about the same time as the story set in Holland but fortunately with a much brighter outcome.I read the very engaging work by Fatima Mernissi as a part of a program at my local library, via a National Library Foundation grant called Moslem Journeys , a series of encounters that included discussions of five assigned books lectures films, each representing different Moslem countries And while one has various notions of what life in a harem might entail, this tale is a warmly personal story detailing how a young girl deals with her very restrictive setting, while yearning to define her own reality in the midst of abundant social contradictions One example of contradictory manifestations comes with the realization that Princess Aisha, the teenage daughter of Morocco s King Mohammad V, is heard to give speeches in both Arabic French and seen wearing both long caftans short French dresses, with this combining of two worlds, two codes, two languages, two personalities seeming far attractive than living in just one In fact, this ability is spellbinding, like the sliding open of magic doors, enchanting the younger children, being encouraged by many mature Moroccan women in Yasmina s circle but viewed as an exceedingly dangerous form of trespassing by her father most men Moroccan men feel strongly that the hudud , or boundaries, are sacred meant to be observed as protective of Morocco s cultural identity heritage and that if women began dressing provocatively, smoking cigarettes, running about with their hair uncovered imitating Europeans, Moroccan culture would soon wither disappear However, when asked why young males went around wearing their hair like French soldiers dressed like so many imitation Rudolf Valentino s, Yasmina s father was not able to answer that question There are many memorable characters within the book by Fatima Mernissi, including Chama, who possesses charm books filled with folk wisdom and who often stages complex plays for the women on the terrace of the house but who is dictatorial prone to depression The occasional visits to the hamman bathhouse and the terrace of their home are the only two areas where most women in Fez can feel truly free but Yasmina s time at her much less restrictive family home in the country is also a refuge for her, a time of feeling unfettered Throughout the book, there are countless images of flight and of developing wings and a character called Aunt Habiba, illiterate but robustly sensitive loved by Yasmina a stand in for the author, Fatima , someone who while quiet, held onto her wings, giving meaning to her life by dreaming about flight , something that encourages Yasmina Imprisoned within the walls of the harem, the women went about dreaming of horizons without frontiers Some women who view themselves as modern even embroider images of birdwings in flight, an image that is seen as very threatening for traditional women In the view of Aunt Habiba When you happen to be trapped, powerless behind walls, stuck in a dead end harem, you dream of escape And magic happens when you spell out that dream make the frontiers vanish Dreams can change your life eventually the world Liberation starts with little images dancing in your head you can translate those images into words words cost nothing.The beauty of Fatima Mernissi s novel is in its inspirational message, stressing the importance of having dreams, no matter who you are what your situation might be.This very enjoyable tale is accompanied by some very evocative black white chapter opening images by Ruth Ward I did have one area of uncertainty having read that the author is fluent in Arabic French, there was no mention of a translator for the English version of the book I read.

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    English review below.Bellissima e interessante autobiografia in cui l autrice ci racconta della sua infanzia trascorsa in un harem marocchino durante gli anni 40 La voce narrante quella dell autrice da bambina e anche le osservazioni e il linguaggio sono quelli di una bambina, ma ci rende il tutto molto scorrevole, divertente, ricco di magia ma mai infantile o banale Ricco di magia perch si sa che i bambini osservano tutto con un innata curiosit e un pizzico di magia A creare un atmosfera magica ci sono anche le storie de Le mille e una notte che le donne dell harem si raccontano per intrattenersi e trascorrere le serate Il luogo per cantare, raccontarsi storie o recitare i racconti di Sherazad sognando una vita libera, era la terrazza Ascoltando questi racconti anche il lettore si immerge nell atmosfera magica che regnava sul terrazzo, sotto il cielo stellato e l aria profumata da fiori esotici.L impronta femminista dell autrice si sente tutta, soprattutto nei consigli che alcune donne dell harem davano a Fatema per farle capire in che gabbia dorata vivevano Le insegnavano l importanza dei desideri e dei sogni perch secondo loro era l unico modo per ribellarsi e abbattere i muri non solo fisici che le imprigionavano finch si sogna una vita migliore, ci si impegna anche a realizzarla Il libro ricco di citazioni molto belle da cui emerge la saggezza e il forte desiderio delle donne di una vita migliore e soprattutto senza costrizioni Il libro anche istruttivo perch non soltanto ho imparato che un harem domestico non ha nulla a che vedere con gli harem imperiali a cui siamo soliti pensare, ma anche perch l autrice ci mostra le differenze tra vita rurale e vita cittadina in Marocco durante quegli anni In campagna le donne erano pi libere, potevano uscire di casa, nuotare nel fiume, andare a cavallo Parla anche dei coloni francesi e dei primi nazionalisti marocchini che permettevano alle mogli di vestire all occidentale, non indossare il velo e che hanno lottato per rendere l istruzione accessibile anche alle femmine Altre parti interessanti sono state quelle dedicate all hammam e alle schiave che arrivavano dall Africa nera, ma ho amato ogni singolo capitolo un libro che consiglio a chiunque perch sia interessante che ben scritto Nonostante sia un saggio, si legge quasi come un romanzo e avrei voluto fosse pi lungo perch mi piaceva seguire le donne dell harem di casa Mernissi ascoltando le loro storie EnglishI ve read this book not only because in a group in which I m a member Morocco has been chosen as country to be read for January, but also because this year I ll start a new challenge to visit Africa through books, reading a book for every state I m really glad I picked up this book because it has been a very pleasant surprise The author tells us about her childhood during the 1940s in Morocco living in a domestic harem A domestic harem is totally different from a royal harem we usually imagine I didn t know this so for me the book was also informative The author also talks about the difference between life in the city and the countryside, where women had some freedoms She also tells us about French colonialism, and how the Moroccan nationalists left freedoms to their wifes and daughters fighting also for female education In addition to being an interesting and informative book non fiction that reads nearly like fiction , it is also very well written and I liked the narrator that is the author as a child The voice is that of a child and it is sometimes funny but never childish or trivial It is also full of magic because we know that children look at everything with curiosity and a touch of magic To add some magic to the story helped also the women of this domestic harem that met on the terrace of the house to talk and dream about freedom Here they sang, told stories or performed the tales of The Book of the Thousand Nights and One Night I liked that the book had this feminine feeling I also liked the teachings these women gave to Fatema to never stop dreaming because Dreams can change your life, and eventually the world Liberation starts with images dancing in your little head, and you translate those images in words And words cost nothing

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    Pu sapere, una bambina, cosa sia un harem La parola Harem leggera variente di Har m, il proibito , il vietato Ha a che fare con limiti e confini mentali soprattutto, non solo costituiti da mattoni pazientemente messi uno sull altro.Questa bambina vive all interno di esso mura alte e un unico portone, un guardiano e l intero mondo fuori E molti altri mondi interiori , dentro.Ognuno di essi appartiene a ciascuna donna che l con lei vive la madre, la nonna, le zie, le cugine, le parenti vedove o ripudiate che nell harem si rifugiano, trovandovi sostegno e protezione da parte dell intera famiglia, purch si adeguino ai ritmi del gruppo.Ecco cosa NON un harem un luogo dove esprimere la propria individualit , ma anche un posto dove quella stessa individualit pu comunque costruirsi tramite sogno e parole, lass , sulla terrazza.La bambina allora cerca parole, le proprie e quelle altrui, pone domande Un harem una casa dove un uomo vive con molte mogli Non solo Un harem una cosa che hanno tutti gli uomini sposati Non solo Forse che un uomo deve avere qualcosa di grosso sotto la jall biyya per poter mettere su un harem Non solo Un harem pu avere pi di un padrone Non solo.Che pu saperne una dolce bambina di cos un harem, mentre lo osserva vivere dall alto di quella terrazza proibita Le donne sanno cos , vivendosi dentro e fuori limiti e confini realizzazione di se stesse omorte.La storia di Fatema finisce troppo presto, troncata di netto quasi alle soglie della sua adolescenza no buono.L argomento affascinante, un libro solo non basta ad esaurirlo e lo so, manon bello rimanere prigioniere di quei muri

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    I read this after reading Scheherazade Goes West which expands on the differences shown here.This is actually a wonderful book about Mernissi s childhood in a harem and a comparison of that harem with that of her grandmother Instead of telling, Mernissi shows you the different lives of the women in each harem, and deepens the understanding or view of it You find yourself caught in the struggles of the women in particular Chama and Mernissi s own mother.And the ending phrase, is something everyone can get behind.

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