Distant View of a Minaret: And Other Stories
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
Distant View of a Minaret
An Incident in the Ghobashi Household
Badriyya and Her Husband
Me and My Sister
The Long Night of Winter
My World of the Unknown
At the Time of the Jasmine
The Flat in Nakshabandi Street
Degrees of Death
Just Another Day