Unlimited [History Book] ↠ I Killed Scheherazade: Confessions of an Angry Arab Woman - by Joumana Haddad ✓

By Joumana Haddad | Comments: ( 589 ) | Date: ( May 29, 2020 )

Joumana Haddad is angry She finds the West s portrayal of Arab women appalling and the image projected by many Middle Eastern women infuriating Being an Arab today means you need to be a hypocrite, Haddad boldly states We constantly and obsessively think about sex but dare not talk about it In I Killed Scheherazade, Haddad challenges prevalent notions of Arab womanJoumana Haddad is angry She finds the West s portrayal of Arab women appalling and the image projected by many Middle Eastern women infuriating Being an Arab today means you need to be a hypocrite, Haddad boldly states We constantly and obsessively think about sex but dare not talk about it In I Killed Scheherazade, Haddad challenges prevalent notions of Arab womanhood and, in the process, shatters the centuries old stereotype of Scheherazade, the virgin heroine of The Arabian Nights who won the king s affections Fiery and candid, this provocative exploration of what it means to be an Arab woman today will enlighten and inform a new international feminism.


  • Title: I Killed Scheherazade: Confessions of an Angry Arab Woman
  • Author: Joumana Haddad
  • ISBN: 9781569768402
  • Page: 344
  • Format: Paperback

About Author:

Joumana Haddad

Joumana Haddad is a Lebanese poet, translator, journalist and women rights activist.She s been selected as one of the world s 100 most powerful Arab women in March 2014 by CEO magazine Middle East position 62 , for her cultural and social activism.She is head of the Cultural pages for An Nahar newspaper, and an instructor of creative writing at the Lebanese American University in Beirut She s also the editor in chief of Jasad magazine, a controversial Arabic magazine specialized in the literature and arts of the body She has already published several essays and poetry collections, widely acclaimed by critics Her books have been translated to many languages and published abroad.Speaking seven languages, Haddad is a polyglot and has written books in different languages, and has also published several works of translation, including an anthology of Lebanese modern poetry in Spanish, published in Spain as well as in many Latin American countries, and an anthology of 150 poets who committed suicide in the 20th century.She interviewed many international writers, such as Umberto Eco, Paul Auster, Jose Saramago, Peter Handke, Elfriede Jelinek, and others.Joumana Haddad has been awarded the Arab Press Prize in 2006.In October 2009, she has been chosen as one of the 39 most interesting Arab writers under 39.In November 2009, she won the International Prize North South for poetry, of the Pescarabruzzo Foundation in Italy.The winner of the novel prize was Austrian writer Peter Handke.In February 2010, she won the Blue Metropolis Al Majidi Ibn Dhaher Arab Literary Prize.In August 2010, she received the Rodolfo Gentili Prize in Porto Recanati, Italy.In November 2012, she received the Cutuli Prize for journalism in Catania, Italy.In July 2013, she was appointed honorary ambassador for culture and human rights for the city of Naples in the Mediterranean by the mayor of Naples Luigi de Magistris.In February 2014, she was awarded the Career Poetry Prize by the Archicultura Foundation in Acquiterme, Italy.Haddad s magazine is the feature of a 2013 film by Amanda Homsi Ottosson, Jasad The Queen of Contradictions, a Women Make Movies release.



Comments I Killed Scheherazade: Confessions of an Angry Arab Woman

  • Amal Bedhyefi

    What a huge dissappointment.My god .Where do I begin ? I bought this book thinking that it would be a celebration of femininity , feminism and arab women in general ,but little did i know . This book is nothing but Joumana Haddad turning herself into a victim , attacking other women as she likes to call the ' others ' ( but that's a complete different story) and pointing out to the obvious.I thought that this is one of these books that will enlighten me in a certain way or that it will change my [...]


  • Ahmad Al-Maaini

    لديّ اهتمام قديم بالخِطاب النسوي، وبالقضايا النسوية، وبما تكتبه كاتبات مثل (نوال السعداوي) و (فاطمة المرنيسي) على سبيل المثال، أو حتى من رائدات الكتابة النسوية في الغرب مثل (جيرمين غرير). لذلك كان من المتوقع أن يستحوذ كتاب (جمانة حداد) الجديد "هكذا قتلتُ شهرزاد: اعترافات امرأة [...]


  • Zanna

    Well it was exhilarating, but ideologically questionable, like futurist art or, maybe, de Sade, of whom Haddad is a huge fanI agree with her that difference is our collective wealth. I agree with her about lots of other things too. Still, I felt there was a lot of victim-blaming going on, and while I am out for defences of femininity, I found Haddad's a bit problematic since she waxes lyrical about beauty inside and out and confides 'hairy armpits are a no-no'. Never claiming feminism, she insis [...]


  • Lila Lamrabet

    Though I think this is an incredibly important and necessary book, I did find it to be a tad disappointing. This is partly because of the incredibly high expectations that I had for it. 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. So yeah, there were expectations.If I could re-write the title, I'd call it "the convoluted rant of a self [...]


  • Iqbal Al-Zirqi

    The book was full of the author herself, and her own life. Did not get anything new regarding the situation of women in Middle east, and all what was said in this book was old news for me!!


  • Laala Alghata

    "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.Joumana Haddad is an award-winning Lebanese poet, translator, journalist and women's rights activist.I Killed Scheherazade is a collection of essays, each leading off the previous one and touching on topics such as sexuality, exploration, erotic poetry, feelings of alienation, atheism and saying no [...]


  • ايمان

    جمانة حداد قتلت شهرزادأيجب أن أكون مسرورة بهذا الفعل ؟هل تمثل شهرزاد المرأة العربية لا أظن فحسب معرفتي فهي فارسية فهل تمثل المرأة المسلمة لا اظن فلو كانت فشهريار ليس مسلما هل الاسلام يبيح قتل الزوجات؟ لست مسرورة و لا حزينة للأن شهرزاد لا تعنيني في شيء فهي شخصية من شخصيات الأ [...]


  • Ribal Haj

    When I picked up this book, I had expected an educated analysis of the women conditions in the Arab world. I'd heard of Joumana from ALJASAD, of which I used to be a regular reader. So her name stroke me as revolution starting. I did not, however, expect the self-absorbed ranting around which the book mainly revolves.I say ranting for several reasons, most importantly because the book only complains about the obvious. Yes, we are a patriarchal society. Yes, women need to rise up. Yes, there shou [...]


  • Simona

    She is the Lebanese poet, and in this book she ponders about her childhood and interesting/unconventional life path/choices. Don't expect a deep feminist thoughts, but if you want to read a story about a daring woman in the Arab world, then I recommend it.


  • Katherine

    A bit disappointing. I really wanted to like this one but I found myself frustrated with Haddad's presentation of certain viewpoints. Specifically her thoughts on beauty inside and out, and what that means to her. We all have our personal preferences, but maybe the fact that you believe hairy pits are a "no-no" for women would be a thought to keep to yourself when writing a feminist text. Perhaps she doesn't declare it so cut and dry, but I found this train of thought unhelpful. Haddad's image o [...]


  • Lauren

    Not as angry as I expected, this quasi-memoir reflects on what it means to be an Arab woman in this day and age. The entire book centers on Ms. Haddad’s life and experiences, and while she’s a pretty fascinating person, there were places in the book where I felt that her life and, by extension, her opinions and beliefs, drastically differ from those of most “average” Arab women. That’s not a knock on the book, as it is thought-provoking and worth a read. It’s merely to point out that [...]


  • ريم الصالح

    جميل هو فكر جمانة حداد. أنا لا أستطيع إنكار إعجابي. تستطيع عبر مقالاتها هذه أن تستقي رؤيةً أكثر انفتاحاً وأوسع أفقاً. رؤية تعود بالإنسان إلى رحم مهده الأول، أصل الإنسانية الأولى "العذراء" تحديداً بوصف جمانة.ما أعتقد بأنه أثر سلباً على الفكرة المطروحة هو أمران؛ غضبها الواضح - و [...]


  • Sus

    I have to admit I was a bit disappointed by this book Both the content as well as the flow did not succeed in capturing me. Joumana has a lot of good and interesting ideas that I relate to very well, however the flow was a bit haphazard with no clear transition from one topic to the other. Also, she should have been less self centered and focused a bit more on the issues that the majority of Arab women are struggling with today. Overall, a light and easy read.


  • Jessica

    This was a stunning, startling, offputting (in a good way) read leaving me angry and inspired all at once.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. I think this is the kind of book where it's best to read one chapter in one sitting, let it sink in, and come back for more, as each essay packs a powerful punch in itself.


  • Nour Al-Hassanieh

    كتاب رائع يحرّض المرأة على الحريّة


  • Maya

    هادئة وعاقلة في الظاهر، ومشاغبة في الرأس والباطن: وديعة وحنونة واستقلالية ومغناج، لكني أتحوّل إلى لبوة شرسة إذا ما تطاول أحدهم على حقّي أو جرحني. حساسة جداً وقوية وصلبة في آن واحد.


  • Isham Cook

    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. In terms of her linguistic capacity's reach, sexual freedom has never had a more effective and articulate spokeswoman (or should we say spokesman?) than this amazing polyglot. "I Killed Scheherazade: Confessions of an Angry Arab Woman" is a quick-read in the tradition of political pamphlets such a [...]


  • M. Alhammad

    هكذا قتلتُ شهرزاد عباره عن 190 صفحة من التناقض نبدأ اول شي بالمقدمة دايم مقدمات جمانة حداد طويلة بشكل ممل على الرغم ان مقدمة هذا الكتاب 30 صفحة , حسيتها 100 صفحة من الملل حاولت وانا اقرا كتابها ان اصير متقبله لكل شي مختلف بس انصدمت لجرئتها اللي احيانا تصير وقاحة اول شيء مستخدمه مص [...]


  • Jumana

    "حجر فوق حجر وأنا امرأة عربية تمشي على طريق. والجدار بيني وبيني ولا منفذ في الأفق". قد لا تعترف جمانة حداد بمدى إحباطها من الواقع العربي والكم الهائل من التابوهات التي واجهاتها . لكنها عبرت عنه بنبرة غاضبه وكأنها تخلصت من ثقل وعقدة في حاجبيها في آخر صفحة بالكتاب. محبطة من النسا [...]


  • Farah Aridi

    I seem unable to describe this book. I am speechless, overwhelmed, proud!!! No one could have said it better. 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. 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. Joumana Haddad is one such woman.


  • Loli

    Wow. Snappy, powerful, a woman with style and "cojones" who has a lot to say and does that beautifully


  • Sandrine

    Joumana Haddad was born in Beyrouth in 1970 in a Catholic family. 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. She publishes the magazine Jasad that she created in 2009. This is the first erotic magazine in the arabico-muslim world, dedicated to the body and which provoked a resounding scandal. The magazine presents investiguations about polygamie, virginity or forced marriage, as well as erotic novels [...]


  • E

    This made a strange read. I did enjoy many of the personal reflections, and much of the political content (including treatment of "feminine work" as work), but parts of it also rubbed me the wrong way: Haddad dismisses other people's point that she wouldn't have written this work if she were Muslim. I agree with that dismissal, but she never addresses the spectral point beyond it: that she might never have gained her privileged position (from which she can write this work) had she not been born [...]


  • jana

    قرأت النسخة الأولى/الإنجليزية وكانت النتيجة كما توقعت تمامًا: مُخيّبة للأمل.الكتاب في الأصل موجه للغرب وليسَ لنا, لكن هذا لا يمنع أن نقرأه لنرى ماذا قالت جمانةوالآن لمّا قرأت النسخة العربية, النتيجة لم تتغيّر وإن خُيّبت أكثر.في هذه الأيام ما معنى أن تكون المرأة عربية؟يعني أن [...]


  • Giulia Cavallari

    This book gained one star for each of the final chapters. **Added after more thinking.Provocative, radical, simple.Provacative: the author had me mad with chapter 1. Looking back I believe it was intentional. The way she addresses to the "Dear Westerner" irritated me deeply, this must be what she feels when people ask her "How did an Arab woman like you.?".Radical: Joumana is not your average Arab woman, if she'd accept to be labeled, she'd be at the very far end of the spectrum opposite to the [...]


  • aj

    If I were designing an undergraduate introduction to Middle East studies, I would assign this as first day reading. Not to say that it's in any way comprehensive- however it's the most approachable interrogation of Western assumptions on women of the Middle East, and also demonstrates the necessity of internal criticism of culture.In the introduction, Haddad relates a conversation in which she angrily informs a foreign journalist "I don't think I'm that exceptional." She makes that point clear i [...]


  • Da277

    I pre-ordered this book because the reviews made it out to be a page turner. It was a huge, huge disappointment for me. First of all, I expected a thick hard cover and it turned out to be a 160 page, cliff notes size book. Secondly, I knew as soon as I read the note to reader this would be a disappointment. I should have hopped in the car and taken it right back to B&N and requested a refund. It's too vague and ethereal, seems to go on and on about poetry and really does not delve deep enoug [...]


  • Melissa

    Beautiful prose style, passionate and personal voice, and perhaps the best part is that towards the end, she offers what essentially amounts to a syllabus of Arab women writers in multiple genres. Haddad opens the door into a world that is not at all what Western readers have been led to expect, and double-dares you to look, secure in the knowledge that to look is to be fundamentally changed. An important book.


  • Badr Aleissa

    فائض من الالحاد ومهاجمة الاديان كل مافي الامر امراه عربية خرجت عن المألوف مما اذع صيتها وخاصة من ناحية الغرباعتقد لو تقراه الكاتبة من جديد تستطيع تلخيصه في 30 صفحة الافكار تعاد بشكل متكرركلمة حق *ككتابه متميزة


  • Yarus

    Ceci n'est pas un livre " passe partout " Ceci n'est pas un livre qui nous laisse " indifférents "Ceci est un livre " dangereux "Ceci est un livre qui nous change radicalement A lire , A savourer sans modération !


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