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Memoirs of an Arabian Princess

Said-Ruete, Emily

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ISBN 10: 0856921475 / ISBN 13: 9780856921476
Published by East-West Publications (U.K.) Ltd, 1996
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Title: Memoirs of an Arabian Princess

Publisher: East-West Publications (U.K.) Ltd

Publication Date: 1996

Book Condition:Very Good

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Originally published in 1888, this is the first known autobiography of an Arabian woman, and the only known autobiography of an Arabian princess. Set in mid-nineteenth century Zanzibar, where Arab and African cultures met, it provides a view no official account could possibly reveal, into the intrigues of court life, the struggles for political power, and the world of the harem. For the love of Heinrich Ruete, a young German consulate official, Princess Salme bint Said chose to forsake, at the risk of death, her privileged place in a Muslim society. In 1886 they fled to the West, where tragically, three years later he died. She remained in Germany with their three children, and there, in a characteristically lively style, wrote of her experience.

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