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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The last time she had made such an attempt, so desperate was she at this critical moment, that she had dug her fingernails into his back, compelling him to remain inside her.

Translated distaant the Arabic by Denys Johnson-Davies, the collection admits the reader into a hidden private world, regulated by the call of the mosque, but often full of profound anguish and personal isolation. Skip the translators introduction: Her education and a possible future career in art were curtailed when she married – her parents’ alternative to university. I also have a review of it on my blog. Two of the stories have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

She was raised in provincial Rifaat and spent most of her life there.

Some might find her boundaries of sex and sexuality off-putting because of her obviously religious background but in my opinion, I find her discussion diatant these subjects very refreshing and still relatable to all women whether they’re religious or not. Jun 12, carnovalesque rated it liked it Shelves: Later on, feeling herself sometimes to be on the brink of the experience some of her married women friends talked of in hushed terms, she had found the courage to be explicit about what she wanted.


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As it often happens, foreign interference hinders rather than helps when women are expected to follow prescriptive feminism of the Western world. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Each and every story in this collection stood out for me and forced me to reflect on the lives of their imperfect characters.

Instead, the women operate within the precepts of their Islamic faith. Oct 21, Tinea rated it really liked it Recommended to Tinea by: May 21, Nikhil rated it it was amazing Shelves: Account Options Sign in.

Will do so soon. Most of Rifaat’s female protagonists take a resigned or begrudgingly accepting stance towards the hardships they face in life. Just breadth of issues that it covers and how open Rifaat is with sexual issues. In an introduction Rifaat’s translator, Denys Johnson-Davies, claimed her approach differed from those of her younger contemporaries, the Lebanese writers Laila Baalabaki and Hanan al-Shaykh and the Syrian Ghada al-Samman, whose writing drew some inspiration from the women’s movement of the West.

She turned to him and watched him struggling in the world he occupied on his own. I remember discussing the first story with the class and talking about what did it mean that her view of the minaret was Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Her directness in treating sexual themes and women’s thinking about them has been called unusual for her time.

A widow, she now lives in Cairo with her three children.

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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. But perhaps in it was inconceivable to him, as to many Western women’s libbers! Please try again later. If you come to these stories as a feminist as I amyou’ll leave with those values reinforced, because Rifaat does such a wonderful job conveying the realities of her characters’ lives. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands.


Review – Distant View of A Minaret

She continues on to relate that through her life she found that “all men seek is pleasure. It then becomes difficult for local progressives to argue for change when they are seen as foreign puppets, and all sorts of questions about colonialism, racism and cultural imperialism come up to frustrate genuine female voices fighting, as Ms Rifaat would put, the injustices of tradition.

Two fiew her better pieces that don’t appear in this collection have been translated into English zlifa While taking on such controversial subjects, Fatimah Rifaat’s protagonists remained religiously faithful with passive feelings towards their fate. I would recommend this story collection to anyone even remotely interested in women living in an essentially male-dominated Islamic environment.

Alifa Rifaat’s husband died in ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. Refresh and try again. This book was published in and contains 15 short stories translated from the Arabic.

Simply written, it sucks you into the scene so that you are one with the character, living their life. One of the best books, or short collections, that I have ever read. May 8, at Alifa Rifaat, an Egyptian, in this fifteen 15 short story anthology, convincingly lifts the veil on what it means to be a woman living within a traditional Muslim society.