Western Representations of the Muslim Woman: From Termagant to Odalisque

Western Representations of the Muslim Woman From Termagant to Odalisque Veiled secluded submissive oppressed the odalisque image has held sway over Western representations of Muslim women since the Enlightenment of the eighteenth century Yet during medieval and Renaiss

  • Title: Western Representations of the Muslim Woman: From Termagant to Odalisque
  • Author: Mohja Kahf
  • ISBN: 9780292743373
  • Page: 436
  • Format: Paperback
  • Veiled, secluded, submissive, oppressed the odalisque image has held sway over Western representations of Muslim women since the Enlightenment of the eighteenth century Yet during medieval and Renaissance times, European writers portrayed Muslim women in exactly the opposite way, as forceful queens of wanton and intimidating sexuality.In this illuminating study, MohjaVeiled, secluded, submissive, oppressed the odalisque image has held sway over Western representations of Muslim women since the Enlightenment of the eighteenth century Yet during medieval and Renaissance times, European writers portrayed Muslim women in exactly the opposite way, as forceful queens of wanton and intimidating sexuality.In this illuminating study, Mohja Kahf traces the process through which the termagant became an odalisque in Western representations of Muslim women Drawing examples from medieval chanson de geste and romance, Renaissance drama, Enlightenment prose, and Romantic poetry, she links the changing images of Muslim women to changes in European relations with the Islamic world, as well as to changing gender dynamics within Western societies.
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    • Zohra Star says:

      An intellectually beautiful work! I teach it!

    • Rachel says:

      A scholarly yet readable book, the author's well-reasoned and nuanced point has had an effect on my thinking ever since. After reading it, I met the author briefly. Such a warm personality.

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