Distant View of a Minaret: And Other Stories

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Heinemann, 1987 - Fiction - 116 pages
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More convincingly than any other woman writing in Arabic today, Alifa Rifaat, an Egyptian, lifts the veil on what it means to be a woman living within a traditional Muslim society. Her writing articulates a subtle revolt against, and a sympathetic insight into, the place of women in the essentially male-dominated Islamic environment.

Change, development, and understanding are called for but the invocation is couched in specifically Arab terms; her inspiration lies not in the Women's Movement of the West but remains within a strictly religious, even Orthodox Qur'anic framework.

 

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A number of reviews take care to point out that these short stories are not feminist, which is true enough; they are closely-observed pictures of (mostly) women's lives in Egypt. Some of the settings ... Read full review

Contents

Distant View of a Minaret
1
Bahiyyas Eyes
5
Telephone Call
13
Thursday Lunch
17
An Incident in the Ghobashi Household
23
Badriyya and Her Husband
29
Me and My Sister
39
Mansoura
47
The Long Night of Winter
55
My World of the Unknown
61
At the Time of the Jasmine
77
The Flat in Nakshabandi Street
89
Degrees of Death
103
The Kite
107
Just Another Day
113
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