The Modern Uprising of Women through the specs of I killed Scheherazade.
On the Author:
Joumana Haddad (born Salloum, December 6, 1970,Beirut) 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 and has written books in different languages, and has also published several works of translation. 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. 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. As of February 2012, Joumana also teaches at the Lebanese American University in Beirut.
About the Book:
I killed Scheherazade is a very brave, courageous and illuminating book. It is a revolution within female literature among the Arab world. I killed Scheherazade plays as a manifesto for the Arabian female persona, Haddad breaks all the rules and plays on the restricted and the taboo. Joumana Haddad broke the silence of Arab women with a voice that can not be unheard. This book teaches young women in the Middle east to be authentic, to be intellectual and not to be intimidated.
Analysis and the relation to the Modern Uprising of Women in the Arab World:
In I killed Scheherazade Joumana Haddad is angry. She finds the West’s portrayal of Arab women appalling and the image projected by many Middle Eastern women infuriating. 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. I Killed Scheherazade is a rapid-fire literary, often poetic, attacks upon the enemies of full, thus explicit, feminist expression, both the covert adversaries and the obvious ones, that hits the bulls-eye time after time. With the precision of a sniper and the tenacity of a pit bull. Joumana Haddad turns over all the rocks to expose the life beneath them: Western feminist ideas about Arab women, Arab hypocrisy in literary criticism, and Christian and Islamic fundamentalism. A force this strong has the potential to become a tsunami, given time, circumstances, and audience. As a young author living in a time of revolution and liberation, Haddad’s ebullient expression is a foretaste of the broader vision that will surely be realized, one which her own voice has inspired. Joumana Haddad is a symbol for the awakening of Arab women, for the revolution of the female character against her oppression. I am not saying that all women are oppressed and on all levels, but one would be amazed to find some of the oppression stories within Middle Eastern societies, one of the biggest examples is honor killing. Honor killing has to be the most important issue we as females MUST fight in the Middle East to save women, whether a woman was a sinner or not, whether she was a prostitute or a saint, no one has the right to decide to end the life of a human being. If we tried to relate this work of revolution to the Women’s revolution in the Arab world, we’d find that Joumana Haddad has been a spark, a torch for the change. Joumana Haddad serves as a force for every female to change, to define herself as an independent, productive, active and significant part of society. The uprising of women in the Arab world suggests that the young women were captivated by the uprisings that swept the Middle East and North Africa last year. The moment was a poignant one for Arab feminists. Though few outside the Arab world know it, women’s radicalism in the region has long and deep roots that span more than a century. As the uprisings unfolded across the region, this legacy was there for all to see. Women stood not only in defiance of brutal dictatorships, but also cultural norms that many times encouraged, and in some cases enforced, women’s exclusion from the public sphere. Yet, the euphoria following Mubarak’s fall had barely subsided when disturbing reports began to surface. In Egypt, women who had gathered in Tahrir square to commemorate the first international women’s day following the revolution, were, as Hania Sholkamy has reported “attacked, harassed, ridiculed, shouted down and ultimately chased out of the square.” In the months that followed, women protesters would be arrested and subjected to virginity tests, intimidation, and trial by military tribunals. Moreover, eminism belongs to all women, comes from all women and is practised at some level by all women. Feminism is a direct response to misogyny, violence, discrimination, sexism and the disaster that is patriarchy – disaster for both the earth and humanity. Arab women have been feminists since the year dot and do not need Western women or Arab men to tell them how to be feminists or not to be feminists.