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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Meanwhile, Fatima ages and matures. Mernissi’s harem is controlled by her father and his relatives and drdams her grandmother, mother, aunts and uncles, servants and even women who would normally be abandoned by society. Tales of a Harem Girlhood. Can you believe there were actually feminists living in her harem? Nov 15, Petra Eggs rated it it was amazing Shelves: Life in the upper levels was full of tenderness and unconditional love. Feb 02, Aziza rated it girlhoo it Shelves: She was the official storyteller of the harem.

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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. Fatima Mernissi is a great writer and leaves us to drop our nostalgic memories encouraged by orientalist male writers girlhoof the wonderful freedom of the harem to face the enslavement that it truly represented for the women trapped inside.

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 off Yasmina’s time at her much less restrictive family home in the country is also a refuge for her, a time of feeling unfettered.

Tamou was a war heroine and a Riffan. I lived in Morocco with the author. The machinations and manipulations of the women to get what they want which they often narem, except freedom. It is safe to say that she is the doyenne of scholarly research addressing the validity or lack thereof I must admit that I am more of a fan girlbood Fatima Mernissi herself than her books. Apparently, they went right for the ladies.

View all 8 comments. Men from women, Muslims from Christians. As a sociologist, Mernissi did fieldwork mainly in Morocco.

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Siblings and cousins all lived together, playing all sorts of games and getting into various scrapes. Yasmina says that Fatima will be educated and the first step toward that occurs when nationalists create schools that accept young women and encourage girls to attend.

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. Despite having various fellow co-wives, the latter seems happier than the domineering Lala.


Tales of a Harem Girlhood is a coming of age story, harek 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. Learn more about Amazon Prime. The memoir details a fictive account of Mernissi’s childhood and adolescence in a traditional harem in Fez, Morocco during the grespass and early s.

The upstairs was also the place to hear tales of heroines and fantasy. Is freedom about physical barriers? Though born into this tightly sheltered world, Fatimi Mernissi is constantly urged by her rebellious mother to spring beyond gurlhood. Dec 28, Chris rated it it was amazing Shelves: This aside, Mernissi does not attack any religious institution in her book.

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

Read more from the Study Guide. I found all the descriptions of this enclosed life decidedly claustrophobic. Feb 18, Lilisa rated it liked it Shelves: Tamou had lived a life so different to that of the harem women that Yasima and the treespass co-wives came to admire her.