I Killed Scheherazade: Confessions of an Angry Arab Woman by Joumana Haddad book review. Click to read the full review of I Killed. The Lebanese journalist and poet Joumana Haddad has written a provocative and highly subjective book about herself, her image of women. Lebanese poet Joumana Haddad has a mission. She’s hell bent on dismantling the prevailing image of an Arab woman as a powerless.

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Simply, she simply glosses over Lebanon’s complex political and religious troubles, mentioning once that different religious groups never had much of a problem with one another before — okay, I’m paraphrasing, but the statement seems suspect, even naive, especially given Lebanon’s inequalities, entrenched in the political system, legally enshrined.

Such an irreverent work. I thought this book was needed because it is very rare to find a book that comes across Gender relations in the Middle East. Overall, the essays are densely packed with ideas and reflections, and they inspired me to ruminate on why I agreed or disagreed with the material presented — so sccheherazade worth reading. This book is nothing but Joumana Haddad turning herself into a victimattacking other women as she likes to call the ‘ others ‘ but that’s a complete different story and pointing out to the obvious.

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Oct 26, Ayala Levinger rated it liked it. If I could re-write the title, I’d call it “the convoluted rant of a self-indulgent woman. Notify me of new comments via email. More personally, I wished there had been more about queer politics that would’ve been interesting, especially since this is about gender, and I would’ve liked to read more about the intersection of gender and sexuality — out of personal interest.

His novel “Justine” Justine, Philosophy in the Bedroom, and Other Writings blew up in my face like a bomb as a freshman in college, and I had to set aside ahddad my homework to finish it.

I Killed Scheherazade: Confessions of an Angry Arab Woman

But wait, we do not start a revolution by playing victims! Haddad cites the Marquis de Sade as one of her prime inspirations and literary influences, as he was mine.


I am not saying it is the ONLY tool, especially with all the new alternative – more visual, interactive and hasty – ways of knowledge, learning and growth. Yes, I realise it’s a ‘confession’ but regardless, the book made promises to be, and I quote the blurb, “a provocative exploration of what it means to be an arab woman today. Love this book get it so worth it. This is as well an indictment of religious extremism shceherazade prejudices.

The fate of the honor-killed, acid-scarred, burqa-bound Arab female has implications for the status of women worldwide. Jounana 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. View all 9 comments. On one hand she rightly demands enlightenment for her own society, while on the other hand rejecting the disdainful view from the West that dismisses the Arabs as hopelessly unenlightened.

Interfaith initiatives from Morocco to Jerusalem Dialogue by design. BookerTalk January 26, at 9: We can’t talk frankly about sex except in terms of its dangers and the proper moralistic channeling of it.

Her writing is also of universal relevance. Readers’ comments can be found by Google and other search engines. I thought that this is one of these books that will enlighten me in a certain way or that it will change my perspective towards feminism after reading it.

Notify me of new posts via email. The decline of Islamic scientific thought Don’t blame it on al-Ghazali. Did not get anything new regarding the situation of women in Middle east, and all what was said in this book was old news for me!!

The whole Sadeian point is that privacy and domesticity themselves are obscene. Tunisian teachers protesting work conditions demand better pay. Interview with Joumana Haddad “Eroticism is the Pulse of Life” With her erotic cultural magazine “Jasad” “Body”Lebanese poet and journalist Joumana Haddad deliberately breaks taboos in a society that likes to draw a veil over the human body — both literally and figuratively.

Dec 29, Farah Aridi added it. She challenges so much, and her belief and personal strength shine so brightly in this candid journey! Se laisser emporter par de nouveaux enthousiasmes. She writes this without humour or irony. The time has come, she says, for women to think for themselves. It is above all a call to arms against the dominant structures in the Arab world, mercilessly exposing their hostile stance to women and the body.


Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. She lives in Lebanon with her two sons. The Best Books of I feel that over years of endurance, hard work and perseverance of determination and conviction, of claiming our rights to stay alive, to be free and to be ourselves, of fighting the biggest wars as much as the smaller ones, our will can indeed move mountains for us.

Joumana Haddad: A writer who loves to be hated

Self-absorbed, self-indulgent, self-obsessed and narcissistic. In “I Gaddad Scheherazade,” Haddad challenges prevalent notions of Arab womanhood and, in the process, shatters the centuries-old stereotype of Scheherazade, the virgin heroine of “The Arabian Nights” who won the king s affections.

Culture is a sure bet in life, whether high, low, eclectic, pop, ancient or modern. Confessions of an Angry Arab Woman. It means you cannot live and think what you really want yb live and think honestly, spontaneously, and candidly.

Damn you Westerners and your preconceived notions that I will now verify!

She writes scathingly of the cleric Ayatollah Khomeini justifying infant rape and should be commended for her honesty in shining this light on such an ugly part of an otherwise complex and sophisticated culture. Repression against journalists A world of Khashoggis. Confessions of an Angry Arab Woman” is a quick-read in the tradition of political pamphlets such a Joumana Haddad is a writer, poet and intellectual who celebrates the liberation of the body in schdherazade native Arabic and as well in remarkably fluent English, French, German, Italian, Armenian and Spanish.

Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Scheherazsde published in English and German, the forty-year-old Lebanese writer’s “confessions” are more of a J’accuse than a Confessio.

Though many would consider my rating juomana reason not to read it, I would like to encourage others to pick this one up. Jul 10, Zanna rated it it was ok Shelves: