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In the Shadow of Islam

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In the Shadow of Islam is an extraordinary evocation of the desert and its people by a woman who dressed as a man in order to travel alone and unimpeded throughout North Africa. In 1897 Isabelle Eberhardt, age 20, left an already unconventional life in Geneva for the Morroccan frontier. Gripped by spiritual restlessness and the desire to break free from the confinements of ...more
Paperback, 220 pages
Published March 1st 2003 by Peter Owen Publishers (first published December 31st 1993)
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Ce livre a une histoire un peu particulière, dans le sens où il s'agit de feuillets récupérés par miracle suite à la mort de l'auteur dans une inondation, protégés dans les restes de sa maison. L'édition a été faite par Victor Barrucand, lequel aurait semble-t-il un peu remanié ces textes: ce sont donc plus une collation de réflexions extraites d'un journal qu'un récit suivi, et leur authenticité est un peu suspecte.

J'avais découvert l'existence de Isabelle Erberhardt(1877-1904) dans France Et
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“In the Shadow of Islam” is a collection of travel notes written by Isabelle Eberhardt, a woman who chose to give up life in European society to go to Algeria, convert to Islam and then travel through North Africa disguised as a man, all in the early 1900s. If that isn't enough to tempt you into picking it up, I don't know what is!

Through her writing, which is detailed, rich and descriptive with details and full of respect, Isabelle instantly transported me into an entirely different world. Befo
I've always been astonished to see that a fashionable hat, the right bustline, a pair of stiff boots, a little suit of cumbersome little furniture, some silverware and porcelain is enough to quench, in so many people, the thirst for well-being. While very young I was seized by the world's existence and I wanted to know it to its limits. I wasn't made to whirl through intrigues wearing satin blinders. I didn't construct myself for ideal: I went for discovery. I'm quite aware that this way of life ...more
I can't describe how powerful I found this book to be. Because it is real, unfiltered, showcasing how one woman is reaching the limits of her thought and experience and is not afraid to look at herself.
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Isabelle Eberhardt was a Swiss-Algerian explorer and writer who lived and travelled extensively in North Africa. For the time she was an extremely liberated individual who rejected conventional European morality in favour of her own path and that of Islam. Dressed as a man, calling herself Si Mahmoud Essadi, Eberhardt travelled in Arab society, with a freedom she could not otherwise have experienc ...more
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