Distant View of a Minaret opens with a husband and wife performing the act of intercourse. The story is told from the. Distant View of a Minaret by Alifa Rifaat, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. This collection of short stories admits the reader into a hidden private world, regulated by the call of the mosque. The book provides accounts of death, the lives.

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Rifaat pulled me into a world that was both foreign and all too familiar. This first paragraph is typical of Rifaat approach to seducing the reader to relating to and advocating for her characters. It approaches issues like genital mutilation, sexual dissatisfaction, lesbian eroticism, etc. Jan 11, Zeek rated it really liked it. Instead, the women operate within the precepts of their Islamic faith.

This site uses cookies. The stories show women not in charge of their destiny, women controlled diwtant society, women who are solitary and lonely and ditant nobody to confide with.

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Minareh Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Alifa Rifaat also discusses issues that would be regarded as taboo by some Muslim countries; issues relating to sex and sexual pleasure for married women. She continued on to publish a collection of short stories and two novels beginning with the short story “My World of the Unknown,” for which she gained initial popularity.

Prayer and virw are important to most of Rifaat’s folks. They are practicing Muslims who derive sustenance from their Islamic faith.

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AWS, ; Page 71 An idea would obtrude itself upon me sometimes: His eyes were tightly closed, his lips drawn down in an ugly contortion, and the veins in his neck stood out. Perhaps it is the fact that my own aging mother is haunted by her own youthful memories and I am terrified of what they have wielded in her that the stories of the older women were so jarring.


Because of this a paradigm shift needs to occur. As a side note – read these stories slowly. At the Time of the Jasmine. So she is not a feminist nor does she wan Unusual very short stories. In dealing with such everyday themes as sex, love and death, the writers does so within the confines of her own viea culture and set of moral values so that at the end of the day, what she does is to challenge aa values and kinaret to reassess the plight of women, while celebrating their courage and fortitude in diztant face of so much odds.

Alifa Rifaat

View all 14 comments. At the time of publication their author, the Egyptian Alifa Rifaatwas described as the female writer who most convincingly expressed what it meant to be a woman living in a traditional Muslim society.

A large portion of the stories focus on marriage or coming to terms with what a marriage is, in particular, how a woman is forced to adapt to a marriage where her wants sexual and emotional are not the primary focus. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. I can’t recommend this edition, translated by this fellow, Denys Rifaatt, because of his grotesquely patronising orientalist introduction, which says things like ‘her reading has been restricted to Arab writers…’ and that while she speaks for women’s rights, ‘Rifaat’s revolt is merely against certain man-made interpretations [of Islam]’, in od to ‘the women writers of Beirut’ whose ‘Arab form of women’s lib.


It is easy to point and say, “That is awful! She turned to him and watched him struggling in the world he occupied on his own. Dec 18, Tereneh rated minsret it was amazing. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. This is a collection of short stories, that are by and large short, set in Egypt mostly Cairoand told from the viewpoint of women. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: As it often happens, foreign interference hinders rather than helps when women are expected to follow prescriptive feminism of the Western world.

Or does it really represent the Arabic woman’s life?

She documents Egypt at the time of writing. Jun 18, Tamara Agha-Jaffar rated it really liked it Shelves: View all 6 comments. And even while I thought the Arab woman’s life depressing, this book is nothing like the typical, overdone portrayal of the suffering Muslim woman that is in many of the books written by the escaped Muslim woman.

Views Read Edit View history. This is my first experience with North African writing, and it has whetted my appetite for more. In many of the stories, maybe the author was trying to show that characters who lacked a firm grounding in their religion would be unable to find any real comfort or peace.

Rifatt captured the feeling of being trapped as a woman in society, so strongly that it made me feel a bit claustrophobic. Riafat absolutely loved this collection of short stories.