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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486471211
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 5/21/2009
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 338,836
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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 SA√ŹD
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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