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Fatema Mernissi

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In 1940, harems still abounded in Fez, Morocco. They werent the opulent, bejeweled harems of Scherezade, but the domestic sprawl of extended families encamped around a walled courtyard that marked the edges of womens lives. Though born into thisMoreIn 1940, harems still abounded in Fez, Morocco. They werent the opulent, bejeweled harems of Scherezade, but the domestic sprawl of extended families encamped around a walled courtyard that marked the edges of womens lives. Though born into this tightly sheltered world, Fatimi Mernissi is constantly urged by her rebellious mother to spring beyond it. Worried that Mernissi is too shy and quiet, her mother tells her, You must learn to scream and protest, just the way you learned to walk and talk. In Dreams of Trespass, an enjoyable weave of memory and fantasy, it is clear that Mernissis fertile imagination let her slip back and forth through the gates that trapped her restive mother. She spins amiable, often improbable tales of the rigidly proper city harem in Fez and the contrasting freedoms of the country harem where her grandmother Yakima lives. There, one of Yakimas cowives rides like the wind, another swims like a fish, and Yakima relishes twitting the humorless first wife by naming a fat, waddling duck after her.