• Imprint: Saqi Books
  • ISBN: 9780863564277
  • Published: September 2010
  • UK Price: £8.99
  • Format: 135 x 216 mm (Demy)
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Extent: 160pp
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I Killed Scheherazade

Confessions of an Angry Arab Woman

Joumana Haddad

Foreword by Etel Adnan

Joumana Haddad is angry about the way Arab women are portrayed in the West. In I Killed Scheherazade she challenges prevalent notions of identity and womanhood in the Middle East and speaks of her own intellectual development and the liberating impact of literature on her life. Fiery and candid, this is a provocative exploration of what it means to be an Arab woman today.

About the Author

Born in 1970 in Beirut, Joumana Haddad is an award-winning poet, literary translator, magazine publisher and journalist. Joumana is the cultural editor for the an-Nahar newspaper and in 2008 launched the Arab world’s first erotic cultural magazine, Jasad (Body). Joumana was chosen as one of the best Arab authors under 39 in 2009 (Beirut39). She lives in Lebanon with her two sons.


‘Joumana Haddad is a revolutionary, this book is the manifesto. Read it or be left behind.’ Rabih Alameddine

‘Joumana Haddad cannot be intimidated. This book is a lesson of courage for all those who fight to go beyond their own limits and chains.' Roberto Saviano

‘A very courageous and illuminating book about women in the Arab world. It opens our eyes, destroys our prejudices and is very entertaining.’ Mario Vargas Llosa

‘Literature is often a storm that breaks the rules of decorum and forces us to come face to face with our weaknesses and illusions. Joumana Haddad is a poet who inhabits the storm.’ Tahar Ben Jelloun

‘A spirited call to arms’ New York Times

‘A vivid assertion of individuality, free speech, free choice and dignity against religious bigotry, prejudice and the herd instinct both within and outside the Arab world.’ Guardian

‘Lifts the veil on love and sex’ Marie Claire

‘Provocative and sensual’ Huffington Post