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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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. Is freedom about physical barriers?

Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood by Fatema Mernissi

She knew how to talk in the night. Pages with related products.

Supposedly narrated by Fatima as an eight year old child, some aspects of this book seemed a bit too academic, but the overall picture was well described. The protagonist narrates drreams childhood at both the traditional, walled harem in Fez and the equally traditional but geographically open harem belonging to her grandfather, in the countryside.

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

There was reference to depression amongst some of the women too. See all reviews. Of particular concern for Mernissi and her cousin Samir is the definition of adult concepts—throughout the memoir, they are constantly discussing the nature of the harem, of hudud sacred frontiersquestions of truth versus convenience, terspass the growing tension between French colonial forces and Moroccan nationalists.


They are caged birds who sing on demand and are there to be petted and admired girlhokd fed d Original review I bought this book as ttrespass new. The harem is a boundary for women and the boundary symbolizes something to overcome somehow in search of freedom. To ask other readers questions about Dreams of Trespassplease sign up. Tales of a Moroccan Girlhood ; this is still the UK title [1].

To never veil herself and to live a life happier than the women who came before her. And it also holds truths and insight for women everywhere, in all times. A must read if one is to understand the reality behind books by authors like Mahfouz.

Dreams of Trespass

Tales of a Harem Girlhood from Amazon. From her z sheltered world dominated mostly by men, Fatima struggles to find a balance between remaining loyal to her family and roots, while growing up into a modern, independent woman. As a sociologist, most importantly a feminist, she is able to present her story in a coming of age story situated in history. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: On several occasions in the late s and early s she conducted interviews in order to map prevailing attitudes to women and work.

Set in the early forties, this way of life is no longer the norm in Morocco. Get Dreams of Trespass: Teespass colors the entrapments of her own girlhood in s Morocco with great humor and excellent storytelling.

She knew how to shoot a gun, how to speak Spanish, she had tattoos, a dagger, and was constantly horseback riding.

Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood

I like how vividly their life was described, i liked how skillfuly women’s mind was displayed, i liked that it showed different types of women with differnt views, how can women be against basic feminine rights and how can others be pro and still have their sanity and common sense despite the peer pressure, the society, the raising and the humiliation, How can they still preserve their self respect and self worth in their own eyes and not submit or be brainwashed.


I sought out this book because I have an upcoming solo trip to Morocco. We get rare glimpse of what went on in the ‘s behind those high walls with little windows-inside was a whole other world meant to be hidden from the outside world-a “retreat” that was supposed to hide as well as to protect women-that “veil” was dropped after many years and the author speaks to its demise-enjoyable read!

Having just been to Morocco and in particular the city of Fez I found the story fascinating and enlightening. What is not to like?

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She is the author of more than eight books, including Dreams of Trespass: Mernissi talked about the importance for women to not be restricted in their movements and I think Steinem would agree: So, grateful for their help, Yaya would tell them about her village in Sudan in exchange.