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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The fate of the honor-killed, acid-scarred, burqa-bound Arab female has implications for the status of women worldwide.

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The only accidentally interesting thing in that whole passage was that her description of the backward, oppressive things about Beirut also functioned as a near perfect description of many places in the U. Her ‘to the point,’ strong attitude spoke to my heart. Don’t expect a deep feminist thoughts, but if you want to read a story about a daring woman in the Arab world, then I recommend it.

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Recently published in English and German, the forty-year-old Lebanese writer’s “confessions” are more of a J’accuse than a Confessio. This idea alone is worth reading the book for. The hypocritical actions and ideals she describes inside and outside of religion build a very complicated backdrop that I would love to see explored more as I continue read texts on scheherazae subject. This often means restricting yourself in ways that often have nothing to do with religion, but have hadcad ingrained in our culture.

In addition to the redundancy of “I as an intellectual Arab woman”.

I Killed Scheherazade: Confessions of an Angry Arab Woman

Born in in Beirut, Joumana Haddad is an award-winning poet, literary translator, magazine publisher and journalist. If I could re-write the title, I’d call it “the convoluted rant of a self Though I think this is an incredibly important and necessary book, I did find it to be a tad kille. Whether you like it or notwe’re in this togetherveiled and not veiled.


The timing couldn’t be better, with the unfolding Arab Spring. I thought that this is one of these books that will enlighten me in a certain way or that it will change my What a huge dissappointment. Confessions of an Scheherazzde Arab Woman.

I wish I could hone my own language to a sharp enough point that with a single sentence I could slay the virginity dragon, convince so many young Chinese females to cast off the brainwashing and fear that presses them into the virginity cult, which is nothing other than the modern version of the brutal foot-binding their foremothers experienced. In short, people like Haddad herself. Those institutions talk about transparency and modernity but are buried under thick layers of dust: I was hoping that in her book she would draw back the veil much further on what she sees as the reality of life for twenty-first women in the Middle East.

It is but one indication that many young Muslims are charting their own course in managing adherence to a faith whose sexual morals historically have been interpreted by arch conservatives. She labels herself with heroic characteristics in just a few pages: I thought the following quote was a wonderful way to sum it up: She argues that the contemporary Orientalist image of the veiled and subjugated Arab woman is ‘incomplete’, and needs to be completed with the image of the ‘atypical’ Arab woman, herself, a sexually liberated, highly educated and paid career woman who rejects religion.

Her books have been translated to many languages and published abroad. We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book.

This is one of those questions that obsess me, one of my constant concern. Newest Most Read Most Comments.

Jordan and the influx of refugees The true Samaritans. 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.


Plenty of subjects for a page book, which is nevertheless well worth reading, writes our reviewer Stefan Weidner.

Joumana Haddad’s Essay “I Killed Scheherazade”: A Manifesto for Strong Arab Women –

Though many would consider my rating a reason not to read it, I would like to encourage others to pick this one up. But how could I not be convinced of literature’s power, when it has been my original joummana In terms of her linguistic capacity’s reach, sexual freedom has never had a more effective and articulate spokeswoman or should we say spokesman? Joumana Haddad aligns herself neither with Western cultural chauvinists nor with Islamist ideologues.

Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. I still really admire Joumana and the bold daring freedom by which she, as an arab female poet who writes so explicitly on sexual matters in a way scarcely few dare to, expresses herself so rawly and with no restraint.

The book is a brief, wild trip of a read, turning our image of the Arab world on its head. She asserts that she’s doing nothing but telling her own truth here, but she continually admonishes her fellow Arab women.

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