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    The Harem – A Rare a Privilege of the Rich

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    The Harem – A Rare a Privilege of the Rich Harems conjure up images of belly dancers moving through smoke in exotic settings. Religious justification of subjugating women to be servants and sexual slaves is a common misnomer as are the images of belly dancers. Descriptions of harems by writers and society may be misleading for they hold the forbidden fruit, women cut off from society existing for man’s sexual pleasure. In actuality, harems were a privilege of those who could afford them and

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    conventional Moroccan harem that holds realms of enchantment and disparage. Through her day to day life trifles of the harem life are shown. In Mernissi's growing up she is taught by her surrounding elders about the hudud that is often refereed to as the “sacred frontier”. This frontier is expected to be respected out of custom for Muslims. Disrespecting the hudud was to earn sorrow and unhappiness. The hudud though was composed of different kinds of frontiers inside life in the harem some being visible

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    deal with barriers although at completely different levels: one physical and the other psychological. Fatima Mernissi is a superb writer who introduces the reader into a harem through the mind of a nine-year-old girl. In this autobiographical novel young Mernissi talks uncensored about the contradictions of life in a harem, surrounded by the extraordinary women in her family who are restrained from leaving the family courtyard. These women’s is a struggle of complete lack of freedom. They are

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    Dreams of Trespass: Defining the Frontier In Fatima Mernissi’s widely acclaimed book Dreams of Trespass, the storyline weaves around the tale of a young girls’ life in a traditional Moroccan harem that is as much enchanting as it is disparaging. As we follow the young girl from day to day and experience all the little trivialities of her life, we notice that she is quite a precocious little child. She is constantly questioning, in fact, her mother and aunts constantly tell her that she should

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    Frontiers of an Arab Woman

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    very different frontiers (see pg 2), which ultimately led to the development of two very different women. Fatima was raised within the rigid confines of a walled city harem, but emerges a strong woman that is left unscathed by her oppressive childhood. As a child she was surrounded by strong feminist role models, who lived in the harem with her, that taught her to maintain dreams of trespass because they eventually would set her free.

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    You are Beautiful

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    demonstrated by the main characters in Fatima Mernissi’s Dreams of Trespass and Ahdaf Soueif’s In the Eye of the Sun exhibit the Arab woman’s ability to become an independent and psychologically powerful member of society. Mernissi’s Fatima grows up in a harem which would seem to imply a lack of independence, however the women surrounding her act as liberal educators, teaching her never to settle for less than she deserves. Soueif’s Asya on the other hand develops into a woman while being raised in an upper

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    In Hollywood Harems, the oriental woman is portrayed as the object of the fantasies of western males. The film focused on representing Muslim women as a form of sexual entertainment. For example, an oriental woman is seen dancing in a revealing dress and lures men in her past the holiness of the veil through the forbidden territory of the harem. Harem expressed the idea of women as a form of entertainment and repression of women sexuality. The message of the film illustrates the fascination of the

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    femininity, sensuality, authority and power were all the themes that characterized the imperial harem in Topkapi palace in Istanbul; a palace where successive sultans had ruled the Ottoman Empire for four consecutive centuries: from Mehmet II’s sacking of the city back then called Constantinople in 1453, until the mid 19th century. I would also maybe use the word “exotic” in my description of the harem because as a matter of fact the girls who served the Ottoman sultans were mostly beautiful attractive

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    Trespass Tales of a Harem Girlhood Fatima Mernissi’s Dreams of Trespass Tales of a Harem Girlhood is a book, which gives the reader an insight on the limited effects of women’s individual resistance to the institution of the harem. This idea is reinforced throughout the book. The reoccurring theme of the women’s struggle for equal treatment and how that struggle was viewed, allows the reader to see the unequal and unfair treatment of women in the harem. What is a Harem? First, there must

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    Within the chapter ‘size 6: The Western Women’s Harem’, Fatema Mernissi analyzed the depiction and relegation of women from both the perspective of a Muslim woman and from that of a Western woman. Mernissi disputed that the subordination and suppression of Western women by their own society, more specifically men, are more insensitive and overall worse than the general depiction of Muslim women. Her reasoning revolved around the idea that Muslim women are perceived as more repressed because they

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