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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I seem unable to describe this book. Interfaith initiatives from Morocco to Jerusalem Dialogue by design. It opens our eyes, destroys our prejudices and is very entertaining. I salute her efforts and I have to humbly admit that I have not read a good book by an Arab woman, a Lebanese woman, nonetheless in quite a long time.

Schehearzade it would be unimaginable to find such books in arabic whereas after J. Anyway, the book is a poetic expression of Haddad’d frustrations and thought.

I partly take offence for her vehement attacks against hijabs scarves. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. I bought this book thinking that it would be a celebration of femininityfeminism and arab women in general ,but little did i know.

Perhaps everyone should scheherazadf Haddad’s paean to the sexualized body a read.

There joumaa no discussion topics on this book yet. View all 6 comments. Joumana did touch me and reminded of the Arab woman cause.

On the other hand, as Haddad points out, Western Judeo-Christian culture is not as sexually free as we assume. So yeah, there were expectations. I am not saying it is the ONLY haddxd, especially with all the new alternative – more visual, interactive and hasty – ways of knowledge, learning and growth.

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What the book lacks is what it deliberately makes no attempt to be: Look how different to other Arab women I am! Joumana Haddad is a writer, poet and intellectual who celebrates the liberation of the body in her native Arabic and as well in remarkably fluent English, French, German, Italian, Armenian and Spanish.

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She comes off very abrasive and challenging, which occasionally frustrated me, but it isn’t surprising given her subject matter. Sadeian freedom is also a metaphor for the freedom of language. When I picked up this book, I had expected an educated analysis of the women conditions in the Arab world. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Confessions of an Angry Arab Woman. Get to Know Us. We can’t talk frankly about sex except in terms of its dangers and the proper moralistic channeling of it.

It starts by criticizing Westerners for believing in the stereotype of veiled, oppressed Arab women. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews.

The magazine presents investiguations about polygamie, virginity or forced marriage, as well as erotic novels Joumana Haddad was born in Beyrouth in in a Catholic family. Joumana now has a responsibility. The whole Sadeian point is that privacy and domesticity themselves are obscene.

Skip to main content. I Killed Scheherazade was published in by Saqi Books. A good and not very eloquent word for this book would be ‘shouty. That is the strength, but also the limitation of this essay.

Yes, we are a patriarchal society. 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. 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 scheherazaade and pointing out to the obvious.


Here she might take a page from the scandalous Chinese blogger Mu Zimei, who has written up her scores or is it hundreds? Except in this instance, her dressing up and fancying of the writing just came across as self-absorbed and really detracted from the point of the text.

I sometimes think we forget just what courage it takes to speak out in many parts of the world. The book was full of the author herself, and her own life. No one could have haddaf it better.

I Killed Scheherazade: Confessions of an Angry Arab Woman

It is entirely possible to be an educated, forward-thinking woman who freely chooses to wear the hijab. Jan 25, Jessica rated it really liked it. I really wanted to like this one but I found myself frustrated with Haddad’s presentation of certain viewpoints.

All the while, stereotyping the Westerner freethinking, judgeOriental man closed-minded, enemyand most other women ignorant, victims. That was kind of amusing. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Read more Read less.