I Killed Scheherazade: Confessions of an Angry Arab Woman
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I Killed Scheherazade: Confessions of an Angry Arab Woman

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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 woman...more
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Published September 1st 2011 by Chicago Review Press (first published January 1st 2010)
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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 عربية غاضبة" على اهتمامي. الكتاب صدر أولا باللغة الإنجليزية عام 2010 ثم توالت الترجمات بلغات كثيرة منها العربية قبل عدة أسابيع عن دار الساقي. يتكوّن الكتاب من عشرة مقالات أو فصول قصيرة، في 190 صفحة من القطع المتوسط.

تقول جم...more
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...more
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...more
جمانة حداد قتلت شهرزاد..أيجب 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 الأدب لم و لن تؤثر في في شيء و لم يكن لها أن تأخذ هذا الاشعاع الا بالفكر الغربي المكبوت و المتخم بالعهر المتعصب الذي يرانا نحن النساء العربيات في شهرزاد فلما أقتلها أذن و هي لم تمس في هويتي شيء ..و لمن لا يعرف هويتي كامرأة عرب...more
Mashael 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 مصطلحات لا تليق بانسان "مثقف" والسبب اللي خلاني احط كلمة مثقف بين قوسين لان بين كل فصل وفصل تركز على انها هي المرأه العربية المثقفة والذي منه

وغير المصطلحات الوقحة كان تطاولها على الله غير مقبول
اللي لاحظته من كتبها هي هو...more
"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 النساء العربيات الخاضعات لتابوهات صنعها المجتمع والدين الذي يجعل منها اقل إنسانية من الذكور ...وكذلك عبرت عن استقلاليتها كأنثى دون اي غضب من الذكور كما فعلت كثير من المناديات بحقوق المرأة وهذا اكثر ما أعجبني في كتابها.

ذكرني عر...more
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.
Nour Al-Hassanieh
كتاب رائع يحرّض المرأة على الحريّة
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...more
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 this book i...more
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...more

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.
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.
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.
Disappointing. I was expecting a lot more. The author is a little too much in love with herself. She seems to be speaking down to the average Westerner, who would see Arab women only as silent, veiled and oppressed. I know that is not the case, so am probably not the intended target audience.
I mainly rated it with 4 stars as I think she really has got the balls to say whatever she said. However, it is true. It should have been more angry and less self-centered. She discussed her life too much and could have analyzed many "schizophrenic" aspects of the Arab societies instead.
Brutal!!! The author is mediocre at best...self centered, arrogant, and pointless. She writes like a wannabe philosopher but just embarrasses herself. I was hoping for something insightful and ended up just wanting to stick a sock in her mouth. Don't waste your time or money...
Présentation claire et efficace des positions d'une "femme arabe". Elle tord littéralement le cou aux préjugés et clichés tant de l'Occident et de l'Orient dans cet essai à recommander à tous ceux qui souhaitent un regard neuf sur ce monde.
Badr Aleissa
فائض من الالحاد ومهاجمة الاديان كل مافي الامر امراه عربية خرجت عن المألوف مما اذع صيتها وخاصة من ناحية الغرب
اعتقد لو تقراه الكاتبة من جديد تستطيع تلخيصه في 30 صفحة ..الافكار تعاد بشكل متكرر

كلمة حق
*ككتابه متميزة
Nour Sharif
I love boldness!!

Since the beginning of the book and I have wanted to rate it 4 stars. Although some parts pushed me to rate it as 3.5 stars, the end was really good so I gave it a worthy 4 stars!
Very interesting and powerful book and writer.
I very much liked the part where she killed Scheherazade, the part where I understood where the naming came from. Very non-conventional !
Oh my God, I couldn't wait for this book to end. So disappointing: I was hoping to find something to get my femrage on. Instead, it was near-unreadable self-indulgent pap.
This book didn’t live up to its interesting title. I was intrigued when I first saw it. Scheherazade’s name is universally recognisable as a cunning storyteller who prolonged her life by telling long complicated stories to men. For another Arab woman to use her name and claim her murder in the title immediately invites attention. The back cover is also inviting: “it takes genius to attain such radical freedom”; “a very courageous and illuminating book”, “Joumana Haddad is a poet who inhabits the...more
Flavia Penido
Livro superficial. Achei que a proposta é boa, mas a autora escreve como uma adolescente revoltada. Mas tem umas passagens bonitas, tenho que admitir.
Wow. Snappy, powerful, a woman with style and "cojones" who has a lot to say and does that beautifully...
Total Trash... Definitely not going to recommend it to any one.
A long rambling parade of vocabulary that doesn't really say much of anything that makes any sense. Maybe I am just too analytical. I couldn't make it more than a few sentences without rolling my eyes.

It starts by criticizing Westerners for believing in the stereotype of veiled, oppressed Arab women. Then admits that those are the majority of Arab women. Then says that there are modern Arab women, and she is one of them, so let's hear her story. It starts with how she grew up in Beirut, which sh...more
Joumana Haddad is perceived as a rebel in the Arab society be it because of her erotic magazine Jasad or how blunt she is when it comes to expressing her ideas that do not conform with your "average" Arab woman. Haddad makes several good points in this book, the most interesting one being about the Arab practicing or even mastering the art of Schizophrenia. This is so true, being an Arab makes you a hypocrite because you can't really be the way you want to be. Another interesting point is the wh...more
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Joumana Haddad (جمانة حداد) is a Lebanese poet, translator, journalist and women rights activist.

She has already published several 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, incl...more
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