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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Online Sex Shop for Muslims Sharia-conform Eroticism from Amsterdam Abdelaziz Aouragh opened the world’s first halal shop for sexual enhancement products. The kind of woman who is, in Western eyes. She had read all of Balzac by the age of twelve and then moved on to de Sade: By that she sets herself a victim of society, and that of The Other the Westerner.

Look how different to other Arab women I am! I just read these pages feeling puzzled. She is refreshingly well-read, and references many fantastic, underrated authors scheyerazade often fall between the cracks.

I Killed Scheherazade: Confessions of an Angry Arab Woman

Newest Most Read Most Comments. 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 definitely worth reading.

I have to admit I was a bit disappointed by this book. I found myself wondering, what about people who identify with being neither? 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. But then most of the book was about how oppressed she felt.

Her writing is also of universal relevance.

Joumana Haddad: A writer who loves to be hated

Most of the book is about her own attitude and her own anger and frustration. So I pick it up at a good price. 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.


I killed her inside me. Also, she should have been less self centered and focused a bit more on the issues that the majority of Arab women are struggling with today. Refresh and try again. The timing couldn’t be better, with the unfolding Arab Spring. But we knew these. Of course, this is Haddad’s truth and she is not obligated to deal with the war she experienced in any way, but this kind of processing evinces the attritional dehumanisation of late capitalism; something Haddad views critically but I agree with that dismissal, but she never addresses the spectral point beyond it: Rester ouvert aux possibles.

Does she really think that by belittling a whole category of arab womanthat she is going to rise above all the hatred and manly prejudices?

ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. On the other hand, as Haddad points out, Western Judeo-Christian culture is not as sexually free as we assume.

Her books have been translated to many languages and published abroad. Damn you Westerners and your preconceived notions that I will now verify!

Then, how she was opposed and hindered, yet she fought and slew or wants to slay the dragon. Well it was exhilarating, but ideologically questionable, like futurist art or, maybe, de Sade, of whom Haddad is a huge fan Fiery and candid, this provocative exploration of what it means to be an Arab woman today will enlighten and inform a new international feminism.

Joumana Haddad: A writer who loves to be hated – The National

Haddad cites the Marquis de Sade as one of her prime inspirations and literary influences, as he was mine. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. I say ranting for several reasons, most importantly because the book only complains about the obvious.


Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. 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 all my homework to finish it. Even though I agree with you partially on some of the things that you have pointed outI still can’t get over how dumb you made us look. That was kind of amusing.

What is her actual erotic life like in the particular and close-up?

In the footsteps of Jesus Jesus, born a Jew, spent his days in the region now known as Israel. That is completely respected. Cover of Joumana Haddad’s magazine Jasad.

Scheherazare has quite a lengthy go at the hijab and burqa, but with the same “default garments of oppression” argument, schheerazade I feel has been refuted and debunked they can be garments of oppression, of course, but to assume that as a default position — it’s a BIG assumption, and not a true one. Far from “representing” the Arab Woman, Joumana seems to want to live and decide how life should be lived.

The decline of Islamic scientific thought Don’t blame it on al-Ghazali. Confessions of an angry Arab woman. Jul 21, Ribal Haj rated it it was ok.

It means you are split in two, forbidden from speaking the blunt truth, because the Arab majority depends upon a web of comforting lies and illusions,” she bt. Add both to Cart Add both to List.