Superman Is an Arab: On God, Marriage, Macho Men and Other Disastrous Inventions by Joumana Haddad Online

Superman Is an Arab: On God, Marriage, Macho Men and Other Disastrous Inventions
Title : Superman Is an Arab: On God, Marriage, Macho Men and Other Disastrous Inventions
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ISBN : 9781908906090
Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 160

This is not a manifesto against men in general. Nor is it a manifesto against Arab men in particular. It is, however, a howl in the face of a particular species of men: the macho species, Supermen, as they like to envision themselves. But Superman is a lie.In this explosive sequel to I Killed Scheherazade, Joumana Haddad examines the patriarchal system that continues to doThis is not a manifesto against men in general. Nor is it a manifesto against Arab men in particular. It is, however, a howl in the face of a particular species of men: the macho species, Supermen, as they like to envision themselves. But Superman is a lie.In this explosive sequel to I Killed Scheherazade, Joumana Haddad examines the patriarchal system that continues to dominate in the Arab world and beyond. From monotheist religions and the concept of marriage to institutionalized machismo and widespread double standards, Haddad reflects upon the vital need for a new masculinity in these times of revolution and change in the Middle East.Joumana Haddad is an awardwinning poet, literary translator, publisher and journalist. In 2008 she launched the Arab world’s first erotic cultural magazine, Jasad (Body), which made headlines around the world. Haddad was selected as one of the Beirut39 authors in 2009. I Killed Scheherazade: Confessions of an Angry Arab Woman was critically acclaimed and translated into thirteen languages. She lives in Beirut with her two sons.


Superman Is an Arab: On God, Marriage, Macho Men and Other Disastrous Inventions Reviews

  • Mohamed Al Marzooqi

    من باب النزاهة الأدبية أجد أنني مضطر لوضع هذا التحذير في مقدمة هذه المراجعة:"تحتوي المراجعة على كلمات غير ملائمة لمن هم دون سن ١٨ "أنا من أشد المتابعين والمحبين لما تكتبه جمانة حداد، وقد سبق لي قراءة مجموعة لا بأس بها من كتبها ودواوينها الشعرية، عدا عن متابعتي اليومية لمقالات [...]

  • محمد المرزوقي

    تحذير : بما إن الكتاب يصنف تحت خانة 18+ ولهذا فإن المراجعة تصنف تحت نفس الخانة في مقدمة الكتاب تشرح الكاتبة لماذا تحب أن تصنف نفسها تحت خانة الملحدين وهي بداية صادمة لمن هو غير متعود على اقتناء ومتابعة مثل هذه الأعمال، لخصت فكرتها حول الموضوع بجملة " انا ملحدة بناءا على موقف عقل [...]

  • Amal Bedhyefi

    After my last Haddad dissappointment , I picked up this book hoping that It might be different .The first 3 to 5 pages were okay , the rest was utterly horrible , which is a shame because the subjects she's adressing are quite significant and they need to be touched upon and talked about in the arab world.It's just her writing style that I hate for it is full of self indulgence and complete narcissism.And one last thing , she clearly has no clue about what real feminism is.Librairies Alkitab , H [...]

  • Lila Lamrabet

    Like Joumana's last book, I really wanted to like it. I really did. But I just cannot stand the way she writes - she writes in a manner that is both sanctimonious and self-indulgent; a reflection of herself and her obvious narcissism. A real shame because the substance of what she touches upon is good and needs to be addressed. Someone else needs to write this book.

  • مهند

    كتاب للكاتبة اللبنانية جمانة حداد طبع عام2012 وهو مترجم للعربية عام 2014 مع مقدمة خاصة لها:لماذا انا ملحدة!.بداية الكتاب كما هو شائع هذه الايام للتشجيع على القراءة تتصدر كلمات للصحف الاجنبية تمدحه بأعتباره جريءاو ذا اهمية ما !ليس في متن الكتاب شيئا جديدا يمكن ان يمتاز على الكتب ا [...]

  • Duaa Issa

    بوافقها الرأي بكل شي حكتو عدا شغلتين وبسببهم قيمتو 4 بدل 5الشغلة الأولى علم النفس ما حكى إنو يلي تعرض لإغتصاب بس يكبر رح يصير مغتصبالشغلة التانية عن رأيها بالزواج ما بقدر أتحمل فكرة إنو شريكي /زوجي يكون عندو تجارب جنسية بعدما عرفني تحت مسمى انو هو وفي إلي عاطفياً وبنفس الوقت م [...]

  • Ahmed Naseer

    أكثر ما يجذبني في النساء (الفيمنست) ويصيبني بالنشوة الفكرية هو محاورة امرأة تعرف عن ماذا تتكلم، تجيد الإنتقاد الحيادي لكلا الجنسين ،الإبتعاد عن إهانة جنس في سبيل إعلاء جنس آخر إضافة إلى التحليل المنطقي العقلاني بعيداً عن المواقف العاطفية امرأة (فيمنست) لكن لا تقف عارية أمام [...]

  • Ghina

    I loved this book for one main reason; Joumana Haddad have the guts to shout out what many of Arab women are feeling and thinking. This book isn't just an attack against men, it also shows what's really happening in the Arab world and what I respected the most is that the writer also discuss how women are involved in this segregation and discrimination. The book tackles many issues such as religion, age, sex, desire, sin and much more. Most importantly it speaks out what arab women feel and want [...]

  • ebneyah

    Unfortunately even though I loved the first 2 to 3 pages I've gotta say the remaining 171 pages were absolute rubbish. Poorly written literotica and forth-right insults at a nation. If you want people to change which I assume was the intention of the writer, maybe insults and aggression and ridicule may not be the best way to get them to listen. Unless of course this was aimed at a different audience (non arabs) about arab men. Then I don't see how it could be calling for change.

  • Youssef Baba

    This type of book is much needed in Lebanon & the Middle East, where patriarchal, traditional/conservative and fundamental religious values still reign undisputed. It's about time someone condemned thes values for what they really are: nonesense, unacceptable, retarded.The style is indeed earnest, and highly contrarian, but one cannot make any progress to a better future without effrontery when dealing with such an age old & dogmatic mentality.

  • مروان البلوشي

    خفيف، وغاضب، وممتع.

  • Portal in the Pages

    I really don't know what I think on this one yet. Give me time.

  • Fawy

    It is taking me a lot to put my feelings about this book into comprehensive words, not because it left me speechless but because I have so much that I want to say! I loved it, I hated it and I had a lot of mixed feelings about it and it is difficult for me to be on the fence about opinions because I got a lot of them and I usually tend to not be afraid to share them but this is different. WARNING: this book is not for the sensitive, the easily provoked or the easily offended, it is written with [...]

  • Soraya

    J'étais curieuse d'en savoir un peu plus sur l'engagement de Joumana Haddad, et en effet j'ai trouvé les chapitres les plus personnels de ce livre assez intéressants. J'ai été déçue, par contre, par la façon dont les arguments généraux contre le machisme sont développés. Sur base du titre, je m'attendais à une discussion à la fois humoristique et critique de la masculinité dans les pays arabes, mais le propos est plus général (l'auteure traite autant de la féminité que de la m [...]

  • 모나

    كتاب جميل ورائع كعادة جمانة اتفق مع معظم ما كتبت واتحفظ على بعضه. تعجبني نسويتها ويعجبني غضبها ونقمتها تعجبني تحليلاتها وتفسيراتها يعجبني كل شي فيها وفي كتابها انصح بقرائته جمانة انسانة شجاعة وعظيمة لقد كسرت كل التابوهات وتخطت كل الحدود التي رسمتها مجتمعاتنا ضيقة الأفق انا [...]

  • Julián

    Piqué con esta bazofia. Atenuantes: compra compulsiva a última hora en la Feria del Libro, libro envuelto en plástico sin posibilidad de hojearlo, tema atractivo En fin, que va uno y se gasta cerca de 20 euros en este engendro. La autora es una católica libanesa (lo de católica define su origen, no su mentalidad) que nos cuenta lo machistas que son los árabes con una superficialidad espantosa. No se busquen aquí análisis ni datos ni profundidades. Son capitulitos cortos y absolutamente i [...]

  • Ahmed Ali

    بصراحة أحسست بالحزن عندما انتهيت من قراءة الكتاب ليس لأنني اتفق مع كل الأفكار المطروحة فيه فهذا مستحيل لأنه يطرح أفكارا شخصية قد نتفق مع بعضها وسنختلف يلاشك مع البعض الأخر وهذا طبيعي في كل الفكر البشري ولكن حزني نابع إلى إننا نادرا ما نرى إصدارا عربيا بهذا الجمال والجرأة في [...]

  • Sawsan

    At first glance this book appears to be like a journal entry taken from a teenager’s diary who has recently discovered how shitty Arab men are HOWEVER Joumana’s witty rants fed an angry fury within me. A book like this needs to exist to address these issues in a manner that’s very much IN YOUR FACE instead of playing with words, Joumana wants you to know that she’s an anti-theist atheist, and that she has had many sexual encounters, she also wants you to be angry at the state of women no [...]

  • مريم ناصر

    حسناً، الكتاب إمتداد لكتابها السابق (هكذا قتلت شهرزاد) وإمتداد لنقمها على المجتمعات النسوية و الذكورية معاً بالإضافة لنقمها على الديانات ، لا أستطيع أن أقول ان الكتاب أعجبني كله ولا أستطيع أيضاً أن أجحف حقها في الغضب على ممارسات دينية و إجتماعية مشوهة من كثيرين حولنا ! رسالة [...]

  • Ziba

    L'essai de Joumana Haddad se veut tranchant. À cet égard, cet essai appelant à la fin du machisme dans la société arabe ne met en lumière qu'un côté de la médaille. Bien que celui-ci dénonce les discriminations dont sont victimes les femmes arabes, celui omet de présenter la situation des femmes arabes religieuses, des femmes ayant choisi leur condition et s'épanouissant au sein d'elle. En revanche, les commentaires de Haddad sur la sexualité se veulent très intéressants, mettant [...]

  • Maitha AlFalasi

    To be quite frank, the only thing I liked in this book was the fact she used a Star Wars reference. Other than that, it seemed as if I'm reading an angry, confused and rebellious teenage girl's journal entry. I might have enjoyed it if it tackled one issue rather than pointing at societies as a whole and using Biblical references more than the Quran; even though this takes place in the Arab World mostly.

  • Terese

    I agreed, I disagreed. I smiled, I frowned.In the end I loved this book and the woman behind it. She is bold and frank and angry. Angry in a good way, in a constructive way, in a way that more people should be. She gives me hope for women and men all over the world.The back cover calls her a Germaine Greer of Lebanon but I disagree mostly because I think Haddad is more to the point, and perhaps a bit more shrewd, more of a Nietzsche for our century.

  • Ahmad Badghaish

    الكتاب غريب، غاضب جدًا على النظرة الذكورية للمرأة. أعتقد بأنه كتاب خفيف، قرأته في الطائرة ولم أجد صعوبة في فهمه أو فهم مقصده مثلًا، لكن كان مشتت بعض الشيء، وصراحة يجعلك تفكر في أمور كثيرة بالحياة. إذا لم تكن شخصًا يتقبل نقد الآخرين أو تجد نفسك منزعجًا منه، فلا تقرأ الكتاب.

  • Viola

    Some criticism: Hadda puts Afghans and Iranians under the rubric "Arab" her focus is only on heterosexuality and written in English with literary references mainly Western is intended for Euro/American/Australian audience. Looking forward to her third book.

  • Marina

    Iniziato h 12:30 finito h.16:20. Penso di aver detto tutto. È da leggere assolutamente. Le recensioni in arabo di uomini con poche stelle le attribuisco proprio al tipo di uomini di cui parla. Autrice coraggiosa, continuerò nella lettura delle sue opere

  • Aya

    كان يا ما كان فتاة صغيرة تكره سوبرمان،و كانت تعرف أنها لن تعيش مع رجل بسعادة إلى الأبد،الا اذا رفضت ان تكون صورة عن شهرزاد التسويات و الا اذا خلع هو القناع ليتحول الى رجل حقيقي!!!

  • Najwa Sahmarani

    Thought provoking!

  • Laura Cunha

    leiturasdelaura.bJoumana Haddad é uma autora libanesa conhecida no Brasil pelo livro "eu matei Sherazade". No Líbano ela é uma das vozes mais proeminentes do feminismo, e seu trabalho e seus textos são muito importantes para o movimento feminista no Oriente Médio.Dito isso, é preciso dizer que Superman is an Arab não é um bom livro. Infelizmente ele sofre de um problema estrutural sério, que é o excesso de assuntos envolvidos em menos de 300 páginas. O segundo problema é mais complic [...]

  • Ana

    Recently I experienced something that you could call a strong reminder that feminism is still needed, just as much as it was needed 10 or 20 or 30 years ago. As many wake up calls, this one also wasn't pleasant. So, I decided to fight this battle against ignorance and misogyny like I usually fight my battles: with knowledge. I decided to read more about feminism. However, I did not want hefty reads by old school feminists. So this little book was brought to my attention. And this little book tur [...]

  • Georgette Rizqallah

    لا يستطيع الشخص تحديد موقفه اتجاه جمانة حداد بسهولة، من ناحية تشعر بأنها أكبر المدافعين عن حقوق المرأة والمضطهدين بالمجتمعات العربية ولا أحد ينكر ذلك أو ينكر جرأتها بطرح المواضيع وتأسيس مجلة "جسد"، ومن ناحية أخرى تشعر بأن موضوع العلاقات الحميمية " الجنس" يشكل لديها عقدة نفسي [...]