Ramza by Out El Kouloub
(Contemporary Issues in the Middle East)

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The story of Ramza is the story of many Oriental women, a story of life in the harem at the turn of the century, of life behind the veil, and of one woman's rebellion. Out el Kouloub wrote it as a novel, yet it reads like a personal account.
 

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Published June 1, 1994 by Syracuse University Press. 201 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Out el Kouloub achieves a modest success by importing some of the feel of an 18th-century British novel into her rendering of harem life in traditional Egypt.

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For Atiya, translating Ramza is clearly a labor of love, a journey back to her own Egyptian childhood.

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London Review of Books

As Fatima Mernissi makes clear, ‘the’ harem is pretty much an imaginary construct in any case, there having always been harems and harems.

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