Some cultural concepts do not translate well. One such concept is that of the Harem and/ or the Harem women. Fatema Mernissi, the author of Scheherazade Goes West, provides a pivoting albeit surprising look at Harems and the women bound by them.
While promoting her book Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood, Mernissi came across a cultural ideology that she was not quite familiar with. This ideology clash focused heavily on how both the Arab and the West viewed the boundaries (frontiers as Mernissi calls them) that men place on women. Continue reading