Memoirs of an Arabian Princess from Zanzibar [NOOK Book]

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Return to an era when Zanzibar was ruled by sultans, and enter a vanished world of harems, slave trading, and court intrigues. In this insider's story, a sultan's daughter who fled her gilded cage offers a compelling look at nineteenth-century Arabic and African royal life. After years of exile in Europe, the former princess wrote this fascinating memoir as a legacy for her children and a warm reminiscence of her island home.
Born Salamah bint Said, Princess of Zanzibar, in ...
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Memoirs of an Arabian Princess from Zanzibar

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Overview


Return to an era when Zanzibar was ruled by sultans, and enter a vanished world of harems, slave trading, and court intrigues. In this insider's story, a sultan's daughter who fled her gilded cage offers a compelling look at nineteenth-century Arabic and African royal life. After years of exile in Europe, the former princess wrote this fascinating memoir as a legacy for her children and a warm reminiscence of her island home.
Born Salamah bint Said, Princess of Zanzibar, in 1844, author Emily Ruete grew up in a harem with scores of siblings. The royal family maintained its fabulous wealth and luxury with a robust traffic in ivory, spices, and human bondage. Ruete ventures beyond the palace, into the city and plantations where European traders, missionaries, and colonists exercised a growing influence. After her dramatic elopement with a German trader, Ruete attained the perspective to form a comparison of the lives of women in Muslim society with those of their European contemporaries. Originally published in 1886, this remarkable autobiography will captivate readers interested in Zanzibar and Eastern Africa as well as students of Arabic, Islam, and women's studies.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Ruete could be the subject of a thrilling romance. As Romero ( Life Histories of African Women ) explains, she was born in 1840 as Salme, princess of Oman and Zanzibar, and grew up privy to the machinations of her father's harem and of her scores of siblings. Following her father the sultan's death in 1856, Salme participated in one brother's unsuccessful coup to wrest the throne from another. Despite strictures confining Islamic women, she trysted with a German who is thought to have impregnated her, fled to Germany where she converted to Christianity, changed her name, married her lover, bore three children and was soon widowed. Ruete relates few of these escapades; instead she provides a disingenuous account of harmonious life at the palace. Despite the profusion of concubines, Ruete claims that Arabs predominantly practice monogamy; her father is a beneficent king--although Romero states that he attained power by murdering a cousin. The disparity between introduction and text, the latter translated from the German, generates a peculiarly successful tension, enhanced by carefully recorded details of court life. Illustrations not seen by PW . (Sept.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486117478
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 2/7/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 303,333
  • File size: 14 MB
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Table of Contents


AUTHENTICITY OF THESE MEMOIRS
PREFACE
FAMILY HISTORY
BET IL WATORO
BET IL SAHEL
FURTHER REMINISCENCES OF CHILDHOOD
NATIONAL SINGULARITIES
CEREMONIES FOR NEWLY BORN
SCHOOL
FEMALE FASHIONS
THE SULTAN'S VOYAGE TO OMAN
DEATH OF SEYYID SAÏD
THE POSITION OF WOMAN IN THE EAST
ARABIAN SUITORSHIP AND MARRIAGE
SOCIAL CUSTOMS
MAHOMETAN FESTIVALS
MEDICAL TREATMENT
SLAVERY
HISTORY OF A DYNASTIC PLOT
TERM OF RURAL RESIDENCE
ELOPEMENT FROM ZANZIBAR
ENGLISH DIPLOMACY
VISIT TO THE OLD HOME
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