Sunday, January 26, 2014

Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood

The “Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys” book discussions series begins Wednesday, January 29 at 1:00 p.m. in the library’s Shiras Room.  

Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood by Fatima Mernissi is the third book scheduled for discussion on Wednesday, March 26. Mernissi grew up in Fez, Morocco in the 1940s. In this memoir, she writes about her large, extended family in which the women and children were confined to their shared home and restricted in their behavior. Mernissi focuses on her strong, colorful female relatives and their conflicting attitudes about traditional harem life and the political and social changes facing Morocco including the waning of the French occupation, World War II, the Westernization of Morocco and the challenges faced as educational opportunities opened up. The author took advantage of these opportunities. She studied at the Sorbonne and earned her doctorate at Brandeis University. She is a sociologist and teaches at Mohammed V University in Rabat. You can find this biography on the top floor of Peter White Public Library under call number: 921 Mernissi.

~C.S. Reference Desk

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