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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It means you cannot live and think what you really want to live and think honestly, spontaneously, and candidly.

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In terms of disrupting stereotypes, this is decidedly level, and while she affirms the choices of home-making women like her mother, she can’t avoid leaving behind the real ‘typical’ Arab women, presumably wallowing in the victim status they have submissively accepted, to her intense irritation. She is in charge of the cultural pages in the first lebanese daily newspaper, An-Nahar, this is a first time for woman in the arabic world.

Look how defiant I am! She labels herself with heroic characteristics in just a few pages: Fiery and candid, this provocative exploration of what it means to be an Arab woman today will scheherazafe and inform a new international feminism.

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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. I seem unable to describe this book. This is a interesting work by Joumana Haddad because it delves into topics that show the true essence of the Middle East in terms of Women’s, Gender, and social rights for the modern Arabic people. Haddad’s assured style slackens in the rather generic incantatory formulations that conclude the book, when what I’d like to see more of is a celebration of the obscene, starting with her own sexuality.

Yes, we are a patriarchal society. She is head of the Cultural pages for “An Nahar” newspaper, and an instructor of creative writing at the Lebanese American University in Beirut.

My favourite part was where she confessed her losses, a wise and salutary admission of mis-steps 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.


What is her actual erotic life like in the particular and close-up? There is much interesting conversation to be had around this book. Learn more about Amazon Prime.

I Killed Scheherazade is schehdrazade collection of essays, each leading off the previous one and touching on topics such schehwrazade sexuality, exploration, erotic poetry, feelings of alienation, atheism and saying no “To be a woman writer in an Arab country means to impose strict self-censorship, a thousand times harsher than any official censorship imposed from the outside” – Joumana Haddad, I Killed Scheherazade. My mind still can’t process the possibility that a well educated women and a “so called feminist” can think this way.

She was raised a Catholic but is now an atheist, and finds the main monotheistic religions equally to blame for creating a society where women are left without a voice. She challenges so much, and her belief and personal strength shine so brightly in this candid journey! Fiery and candid, this is a provocative exploration of what it means to be an Arab woman today.

Joumana has a lot of good and interesting haddav that I relate to very well, however the flow was a bit haphazard with no clear transition from one topic to the other.

As an atheist I have no Christian guilt or hang-ups, but in no society anywhere is sexual discourse and action very free. jokmana

I Killed Scheherazade: Confessions of an Angry Arab Woman

Haddad turns her anger into a masterpiece, and speaks though never claims to for every woman who feels like her and believes in similar choices and dogmas. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of The first few pages of chapter 1 set the tone of the book.

This was a stunning, startling, offputting in a good way read leaving me angry and inspired all at once. We need more people like her in Jjoumana, in the Middle East, in the world. 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.

I Killed Scheherazade: Confessions of an Angry Arab Woman by Joumana Haddad

Snappy, powerful, a woman with style and “cojones” who has a lot to say and does that beautifully Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. I Killed Scheherazade is illuminating in many respects, but ultimately as a polemic I question how effective it is for it’s intended audiences.


So I have a different angle on this. Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. The kind of woman who is, in Western eyes. Overall, a light and easy read.

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.

This is as well an hadddad of religious extremism and prejudices. Mar 28, Lila Lamrabet rated it liked hadrad Shelves: Repression against journalists A world of Khashoggis.

Oct 02, Sus rated it it was ok. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. 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. And I am convinced that reading is scheherazadee of the most important tools of liberation that any schfherazade being, and a contemporary Arab woman in particular, can exploit. And somehow relates to Arab women?

I read this all in one sitting, which perhaps wasn’t the best idea as I felt Haddad’s voice started to drag a little towards the end and the essays ran together. Killec did we start to grow taboo? Written with equal measures of lifeblood and anger, the essay is almost torn in two, however, by the dialectic between individual hadadd and societal oppression. I thought this book was needed because it is very rare to find a book that comes across Gender relations in the Middle East.

I almost threw the book out of the bus window when she said seeing Carmen Chacon reviewing ‘her’ troops while pregnant was one of the most beautiful things she had ever seen.