Feminist Traditions in Andalusi-Moroccan Oral Narratives by H. Lebbady

By H. Lebbady

During this quantity, Lebbady has compiled and translated seven Andalusi women's stories from the north of Morocco, and analyzes them from a postcolonial theoretical point of view, discovering within the girls way more wit and organisation than western stereotypes could recommend.

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She prepared for this as she had for the previous one. So when the prince arrived in Dour, she was already installed in her tent. This time too she made him come to her, and he stayed with her for seven days. Before leaving he presented her with his jeweled dagger. No sooner had he left than Aisha quickly dismantled her tent and vanished from sight. When the prince’s people woke up in the morning there was not a trace of her to be found. “She must be a jinni−ya,” (female jinn) they said. ” Once he arrived back in his house, the prince went to visit Aisha in her prison.

He wondered. When his tent was put up in the proximity of the other, he sent one of his servants to find out who owned the mysterious tent. The servant came back and reported that it belonged to a lady. The Sultan’s son then sent his servant back with the orders that she be brought before him. When the servant came to inform Aisha of this she asked him to tell the Sultan’s son that it was not customary for a woman to visit a man but rather the other way round. So the prince put on his official outfit and then went to visit the mysterious woman in her tent.

Woman, my lord,” she replied. At this point his anger knew no bounds, so he had her locked up in a met. mora—an underground silo—where he visited her every day, bringing her half a loaf of barley bread, a pitcher of water, and reminding her of her confined position by addressing her as: Aisha, the meqhora, 3 Living in the met. mora Who is the most powerful, Man or woman? To which she invariably answered: Woman, my lord Aisha the Carpenter’s Daughter ● 35 No sooner would he hear that answer than he would leave and she would remain in her prison.

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