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 do have a sticking point.

The biographical part in her life aims mainly at exposing what a special, special girl she is, and that she has always been and known that she was different. Most of the book is about her own attitude and her own anger and frustration. Born in in Beirut, Joumana Haddad is an award-winning poet, literary translator, magazine publisher and journalist. The winner of the novel prize was Austrian writer Peter Handke. Read few pages at the end of hard day, then let it be and right in your pms days pick it up again and read few more pages.

Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Fiery and candid, this is a provocative exploration of what it means to be an Arab woman today. She publishes the magazine Jasad that she created in Haddad dismisses other people’s point that she wouldn’t have written this work if she were Muslim.

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It’s her needs that she seems to want to achieve. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Book ratings by Goodreads. I have to admit I was a bit disappointed by this book. Confessions of an angry Arab woman. I was intrigued when I first saw it.

We constantly and obsessively think about sex but dare not talk about it. I partly take offence for her vehement attacks against hijabs scarves. 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.


I am now convinced that early exposure to French literature predisposes some Arab women to being different Arab women.

This can be summed up by the fact that when my friends saw me reading it, they said that it “sounded like [me] in book form” and that instead of reading it, they would just listen to me go on my usual rants.

A joyful countering of all the Middle Eastern taboos concerned with bodies and sexuality: Unfortunately, the manner in which they were conveyed was not to my liking. Add both to Cart Add both to List. Joumana Haddad is one such woman.

She has already published several essays and poetry collections, widely acclaimed by critics. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Except in this instance, her dressing up and fancying of the writing just came across as self-absorbed and really detracted bh the point of the text. Lists with This Book. It is entirely possible to be an educated, forward-thinking woman who freely chooses to wear the hijab.

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Fiery and candid, this provocative exploration of what kllled means to be an Arab woman today will enlighten and inform a new international feminism. We can’t talk frankly about sex except in terms of its dangers and the proper moralistic channeling of it.

I agree with her about lots of other things too.

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Showing of 19 reviews. 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. 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 this subject. The obscene becomes perfectly logical in any bourgeois or patriarchal society disturbed by it, which relegates it to the private and the unspeakable.


Notify me of new posts via email. She inadvertently took up the cause or by choice, so she should joumwna what she started, and we, women and men or neither, are with her. I find this assessment insulting for all those women who are struggling and fighting for women’s rights in different ways.

I Killed Scheherazade: Confessions of an Angry Arab Woman

Far from “representing” the Arab Woman, Joumana seems to want to live and decide how life should be lived. This applies in particular to defamatory, racist, personal, or irrelevant comments or comments written in dialects or languages other than English.

Thanks for bringing it to my attention. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. It starts with how she grew up in Beirut, which sh A long rambling parade of vocabulary that doesn’t really say much of anything that makes any sense. On one hand she rightly demands enlightenment for schehwrazade own society, while on the other hand rejecting the disdainful view from the West that dismisses the Arabs as hopelessly unenlightened.

The only accidentally interesting thing in that haedad 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. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. I read to breathe; I read to live; I read to ravel away; I read to escape a brutal reality; I read to smother the explosions of the Lebanese war…. The time has come, she says, for women to think for themselves.

I sometimes think we forget just what courage it takes to speak out in many parts of the world. In short, people like Haddad herself.