Joumana Haddad. Joumana Haddad (, Beirut) is a poet, translator and journalist. She is head of the cultural pages in prestigious An Nahar newspaper, . Joumana Haddad is a ferocious critic of sexism in Lebanon, and her erotic magazine has brought death threats. A new book is her fiercest. Joumana Haddad – foto Giorgio Pace. (Lebanon, ) is a poet, journalist, translator, editor and consultant. In her work she focuses on eroticism and the.

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Her achievement is to tether that instinct to her cause and to enact her beliefs; her recklessness in doing so is brave and immensely admirable, but also makes one slightly worried for her.

Joumana Haddad: ‘I live in a country that hates me’

All information has been reproduced here for educational and informational purposes to benefit site visitors, and is provided at no charge Despite their complete — and mutual — disapproval, “We were just smiling at each other, nodding, saying ‘Hello, how are you? You need to go out there and claim it. They think they know so I let them, and I happen. Perhaps because he is 20 years older and met her at a different time, he is much more patient about her prominence, and while he “didn’t want me to do the magazine, he doesn’t like it, he is very supportive, and helps me any way he can.

A feminist, activist, international best-selling author, and one of the secular and independent candidates in the Lebanese Parliamentary elections, Joumana Haddad sure has a lot on her plate. Hussein Jelaad Islam Samhan. Petra Stienen hosts a discussion on writing about sex, the narrow-minded reactions of some men and their ‘je m’en fou’ attitude vis-a-vis conservative readers. This can greatly help in transforming Lebanon into a more humane, just and civilized country for all.


Because she believes that at this point in her life, she is ready to be the change she wishes to see. I grew up in a country that ioumana me, and that expresses this hatred in so many ugly ways” can’t take their eyes off her. They allowed me to have multiple lives, and aspirations that I would learn to fight for later on throughout my life.

A part of that misunderstanding comes from the patriarchal mindset that mistakes fighting for your rights and for your dignity as a woman for aggressiveness and spitefulness.

And the civil society has so much to offer.

It means the right to have a decent life, job opportunities, developmental projects, and basic needs, like water and electricity; it means tolerance, justice, respect, positivity, and caring for the environment, so on and so forth. But, away from the spotlight, who is Joumana Haddad deep down inside? I Killed Scheherazade has already been translated into six languages when we met, a fierce bidding war was being conducted in Brazil — but not, yet, into Arabic.

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I mean, I love men, and I love being with them, and I love communicating with them, but I don’t want to be them. Jounana journalist, book author, show host, candidate and mom Haddad has always been criticized for her controversial writing, and loud-spoken opinions on sexism, racism, confessionalism and discrimination in Lebanon. She has worked at the Lebanese newspaper An Nahar since The Daily Star Newspaper – Lebanon.

Delivering Poems Around The World. She grew up surrounded by war: By the end of she launched Jasad Arabic for bodythe first Arab erotic cultural magazine.

You call yourself a humanist, is this so you can avoid the “feminist” tag? In Octobershe has been chosen as one of the 39 most interesting Arab writers under They put me in a cage so that my freedom may be a gift She is a staunch atheist and critic of organised religion. Keep your own space. Haddad launched a new program in November on Alhurra highlighting the topics of free expression and critical thinking.


Confessions of an Angry Arab Woman: Of course they remain men and women of letters, so expect an eloquent, passionate avalanche of words.

Joumana Haddad | Who is she in Lebanon

A writer who loves to be hated”. Haddad has always been criticized for her controversial writing, and loud-spoken opinions on sexism, racism, confessionalism and discrimination in Lebanon.

We kindly ask you to keep this space a clean and respectful forum for discussion. A woman cannot have a talent. Lebanon hit by bad weather thru to New Year’s Eve A conversation without embarrassment, without borders, without rules: Her mother is of Armenian extraction.

I want a more humane Lebanon. Why, he asked sorrowfully, can’t you use the word “column”? Gaddad the laughter and defiance lurks a sense of what her unconventional path might have cost. Why doesn’t she leave altogether? I don’t think they’re so estranged.

Ultimately, the unjust system will surrender and the change will happen. Hosted by the poet Tsead Bruinja. Written in forthright, aphoristic English she also speaks French, Arabic, Armenian, Spanish and Italian it is often frankly thrilling, because it carries the hadadd of true risk, and of earned fury:. If she has an argument with western feminism, it is with those who would downplay this.

Joumana Haddad wants a ‘more humane Lebanon’, so she’s running for parliament

I also call myself a humanist because I really admire the philosophy behind the term. In that sense, books have been her number one ally.

It was a big love story, but they were not made for each other.