Shahrazad and Dhat al Himmah: Epics, Storytellers and Warrior Women

The Thousand and One Nights is by far the most famous collection of Arab popular narratives.  Its heroine Shahrazad has become the symbol of the complex interactions of gender and power as they relate to the region, from those who see her as a positive agent of change, as in Suzanne Gauch’s interestingly titled Liberating Shahrazad, in which ”A long-silenced literary figure speaks for modern Muslim women,” to the negative, such as Joumana Haddad’s I Killed Sheherazade, or Hisham Matar’s In the Co … [Read more...]