When the Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi was captured and killed in October , no one was in any doubt about the horrors he had. Gaddafi’s Harem has ratings and reviews. Kaveh said: هر تصوری This is not an easy book to read, but it is a book that needs to be read nonetheless. Best books like Gaddafi’s Harem: The Story of a Young Woman and the Abuses of Power in Libya: #1 Shamed: The Honour Killing That Shocked Britain – by th.
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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Gaddafi’s Harem by Annick Cojean. Marjolijn De Jager Translation. InAnnick Cojean, senior reporter at Le Monde and special correspondent for Tripoli, wrote a shock article, titled ‘Gaddafi’s sexual slave’, which told the story of Soraya, a twenty-two-year old Libyan woman who had been kidnapped and gadcafi captive since the age of Soraya was a schoolgirl in the coastal town of Sirte, when she was given the honour of presenting a InAnnick Cojean, senior reporter at Le Monde and special correspondent for Tripoli, wrote a shock article, titled ‘Gaddafi’s sexual slave’, which told the story of Soraya, a twenty-two-year old Libyan woman who had been kidnapped and held captive since the age of Soraya was a schoolgirl in the coastal town of Sirte, when she was given the honour of presenting a bouquet of flowers to Colonel Gaddafi, the Guide, on a visit he was making the following week.
This one meeting – a presentation of flowers, a pat on the head from Gaddafi – changed Soraya’s life forever. Soon afterwards, she was summoned to Bab al-Azizia, Gaddafi’s palatial compound near Tripoli, where she joined a number of young women who were violently abused, raped and degraded by Gaddafi.
InCojean returned to Libya to continue her investigation. Her book, Gaddafi’s Harem, takes Soraya as its starting point to recount the fates of so many other women. She has gone to remarkable lengths – rape is the highest taboo in Libya – to collect these women’s stories. Heartwrenchingly tragic but ultimately redemptive, Soraya’s story is the first of hareem that are just now beginning to be heard. In Gaddafi’s Harem, Le Monde special correspondent Annick Cojean gives a voice to Soraya’s story, and supplements her gaddafk into Gaddafi’s abuses of power through interviews with other women who were abused by Gaddafi, and those who were involved with his regime, including a driver who ferried women to the compound, and Gaddafi’s former Chief of Security.
Gaddafi’s Harem is an astonishing portrait of the essence of dictatorship: Hardcoverpages. Published October 3rd by Grove Press first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about Gaddafi’s Haremplease sign up. See all 3 questions about Gaddafi’s Harem…. Lists with This Book. Oct 21, Evan rated it really liked it Shelves: This is not an easy book to read, but it is a book that needs to be read nonetheless. The atrocities committed by Gaddafi, both public and secret, need to be publicly aired so that the nation of Libya can begin rebuilding haeem cultural and social history.
Although a taboo subject, the sexual crimes that were perpetrated by the ruler and his followers cannot be forgotten or simply swept under the gaddagi, as many would prefer.
It is quite interesting to see how religion and culture can even shape peop This is not an easy book to read, but it is a book that needs to be read nonetheless. It is quite interesting to see how religion and culture gafdafi even shape people’s reactions to these types of atrocities; blaming the women and feeling that a sense of shame is reflected upon the family, instead of on the abusers. The saddest reality is that not much seems to have changed in the country regarding the equality of women.
Until women are given a place at the same table as the men who get to make decisions concerning their lives, there will never be equality. Sep 06, Nasim.
Unvorstellbares hat er seinen “Sklavinnen” angetan. Ungeheurlich, was er sich alles einfallen liess!
View all 4 comments. Jan 07, Louise rated it it was amazing Shelves: Political prisoners who have been beaten, humiliated, staved and chained are given a welcome back to society.
Upon release, none were feted, some were killed by their own families, all were labeled whores. This is the case of the women in Gaddafi’s Harem.
This powerful content needs a better book. I recognize that there are loses in translation as it goes from Arabic to French to English and I recognize the need to disguise the identity of t Political prisoners who have been beaten, humiliated, staved and chained are given a welcome back to society.
I recognize that there are loses in translation as it goes from Arabic to French to English and I recognize the need to disguise the identity of those who agreed boook be interviewed. The problems are that the stories are only sketches and that smaller points take space that should have been given to the larger issues.
The first third of the book bbook the experience of Soyara. While history should have specifics about how the women of Bab al-Azizia were treated, I was glad that bedroom parts were general. The result is significant: The space devoted to Soyara; however, is an example of the need for perspective in this book. How did they cope? How did they relate to each other and to providers such as Mabrouka?
What did they share of their experiences in words, gestures, attitudes? There is little mention of the men who were raped, did they live in the Bab al-Azizia basement too?. The security needs explaining: In the later part of the book, Anniek Cojean describes what I believe is the most important revelation: Gaddafi used sex to control and thumb his nose at Libyans.
Harming a daughter or wife in a culture obsessed with female chastity was a powerful weapon. The girl or woman is blamed and the family shunned and ruined.
The hafem may kill the woman to show their solidarity with the community.
This particular weapon had nothing to do with Libya, and all to do with Gaddafi. In foreign affairs, he could best foreign leaders with unseen yet obvious trysts with wives, daughters and appointees.
He had people devoted to looking for women.
Gaddafi’s Harem: The Story of a Young Woman and the Abuses of Power in Libya
He gave speeches at a university where he had a secret boudoir aside a gynecology room. He had his regime sponsor beauty pageants and shopping nook for young girls. He seems to beat up only the Libyan women. There seems to be no interest in education, trade, agriculture or any other government endeavor.
There must be more consideration of these victims in post-liberated Libya. Gaddafi’s inclination to abuse was abetted by the cultural view of women and it appears homosexuals too that keeps their mistreatment out of sight. Can this be common in other countries where women have few rights? Has this been an historical norm that has prompted the custom of veiling?
I will haremm interested in the reaction of Libyans.
What will happen to the gadsafi women if and when their identity is discovered? Will Libyans see the role of women, who began their revolution, with new eyes? This gaddavi is very disturbing yet an important document of hraem Gaddafi years in Libya. The bravery of this young woman and the savagery and cowardice of her countrymen is painful to read, I can only imagine what she herself must feel. This story is an indictment of a brutal dictator and the system of men and women who facilitated his systematic rape and torture of young women and men many of them still children really and a society which despite ridding themselves of Gaddafi himself, continue t This book is very disturbing yet an important document of the Gaddafi years in Libya.
This story is an indictment of a brutal dictator and the system of men and women who facilitated his systematic rape and torture of young women and men many of them vaddafi children really and a society which despite ridding themselves of Gaddafi himself, continue agddafi ignore the victims of his violent crimes.
Any society which covers up crimes against its most gadafi citizens rather than confront them and assist the victims to heal is continuing in the perpetuation of the original crime. Until a society truly values it’s women and children it is going to continue to perpetuate brutal crime.
The sense of outrage is palpable in this book, perhaps because so many of those who should harfm outraged would prefer to not know or acknowledge this sad history. I came away from this book feeling like I wanted to know there would be some outcome for young women like this. However the feeling I was left with was gasdafi hopeless. An important historic and social document which deserves wide acknowledgement. Unfortunately I found the translation from the original french very clunky and ponderous.
I had hoped Le Monde would have authorised a more readable English version. Dec 11, Thiago S. This review has been hidden because it harek spoilers. To view it, click here. Lunatic book, a complete waste of time and money full of lies, recommended only for perverts and disturbed people; western cheap propaganda at its best or worst? The author probably was funded by someome interested in create a demonized figure of the former Libyan leader. This book is intended for those manipulated people with low IQ who believe the world is a big western cowboy movie with g Lunatic book, a complete waste of time and money full of lies, recommended only for perverts and disturbed people; western cheap propaganda at its best or worst?
This book is intended for those manipulated people with low IQ who believe the world is a big western cowboy movie with good guys America, UK vs bad guys like Gaddafi. The source of book has ZERO credibility and the whole story gxddafi almost laughable so disconnected of reality it is.
Only buy this book if you are a couch potato with nihil knowledge of the media dirty propaganda systems and plus hraem sexually pervert and have pleasure fantasying the gross details of this sick book. If the world was a fair place, the author would be sued by Gaddafi relatives for creating this piece of garbage. Run away and avoid this, because watching Reality hqrem give you more culture than this Manual of “how make your enemy looks inhuman” which maybe have made a impact in Century XIX but is almost infantile on the Age of internet.
It tells something about our western culture and how manipulated we are. Even if you didnt like him or his politics, you must know that the way Gaddafi is portraited – as a drug and sex addicted rapist – have gadvafi no touch with reality and no references at all in his other biographies, including those texts produced by people which didnt praise and even rivalized with him.