Harim and the Purdah: Studies of Oriental Women

Harim and the Purdah: Studies of Oriental Women

by Elizabeth Cooper


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Harim and the Purdah: Studies of Oriental Women by Elizabeth Cooper

"A book about women by a woman" has a fascinating sound-and that is what this book is. The life of woman in Egypt, in the desert, in India (whether Hindu or Mohammedan), in Burma, China, and Japan-all this is included. And the basis is not that of the mere globe-trotting observer. Intimacy of more than casual contact, opportunities that were unusual and repeated, converse that involved the baring of the heart, display of feeling and statement of aims and desires and conditions as experienced by the woman of the East find skilled expression in this volume. The fact, that; woman can be fettered and not feel it, that she can be shut up to a life so hemmed in that we cannot conceive content under such conditions and yet seldom a desire for anything different-these are the realities that moot us and evoke our astonishment. The preserver of traditions that she does not comprehend the devotee of religions which she does not understand holding creeds she cannot explain-such is woman in these many different lands. Seldom does this woman of the East meet so sympathetically an artist to portray her moods and interpret her mind as she finds in Mrs. Cooper. "Despite our incapacity to enter into the soul-life of this ancient East, we find ourselves fascinated and bewitched by the charm of those secluded women of the Orient, who live a life of instinctive unselfishness, their days given to the making of happiness for others."

-The Literary Digest, Volume 52

"A Western woman's unbiased study of the social life, customs, and mental attitudes of her sisters in the Orient. Mrs. Cooper is not disposed to condemn indiscriminately the traditional Eastern attitude towards women. She rather accepts it for what it is, and finds in it some mitigations that Western travelers have not always been able to recognize. She does, however, fully realize the meaning of the transition stage from old to new that has now been reached in most regions of the Orient. Types of Eastern women and varied scenes of Oriental life are reproduced in the illustrations, which are exceptionally good."

-The American Review of Reviews, Volume 53

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780810331679
Publisher: Cengage Gale
Publication date: 01/01/1975
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)

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