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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Would you like to tell us about a lower price? The readings of these texts that juxtapose them with more Western feminist perspectives also miss the point. This page was last edited on 24 Decemberat January 17, at 4: Subsequently, rural Egypt became the setting for most of her stories. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. Thanx Jerome Like Like. This anthology was read for the Africa Reading Challenge hosted by Kinna.

Distant View of a Minaret and Other Stories by Alifa Rifaat

In another story a man persuades himself not to feel for his father until a sympathetic community gives permission for the expression of grief at his death. Nov 21, George Rife rated it it was amazing Shelves: It reveals plenty about women’s place in Muslim society, which is similar to other Asian societies, such as Cambodia.

Her education and a possible future career in art were curtailed when she married – her parents’ alternative to university. Read more Read less. At the Time of the Jasmine. I don’t recognise Johnson-Davies description of her work at all. It nestled unobtrusively among bestsellers yet the title caught my eye.


Alifa Rifaat

Some of her works have also been read on BBC. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Mar 06, Jen Appell rated it it was amazing. It sounds like a very interesting book. Review quote “Horrible, beautiful, comforting, divine and devilish all at the same time. Being trapped in loveless marriages, having to put up with being cheated on, having little fulfillment in life; some of the stories were extremely sad and depressing.

I wonder, though, if I may have enjoyed this more had I read it in the original Arabic. Alifaa novels and short stories have been translated into multiple languages including English, German, Dutch, and Swedish. It was feminist in a geomodernist sense; the Egyptian women within the stories believe in feminism of their own sort, not Western modernism. Below are two quotes which nicely summarize the experience of the woman. Superficially the stories are simple, but they gave me a glance of deep, ineffable complexities of desire and motivation.

She also attended the British Institute in Cairo from to where she studied English. Email required Address never made public. In Me and My Sister a dutiful daughter left to support her family after her father takes a second wife fulfills her dreams distat romance in what in hindsight is a dreadful manner. May 14, at 8: Alifa Rifaat manages to do all this in her little book of short stories. While Rifaat distanr successful in providing a minaaret voice for many of the female characters in her story, they remained familiar in their loneliness, isolation and need to find ways to navigate a world dominated by paternalism.


Instead, the women operate within the precepts of their Islamic faith.

You are commenting using your Facebook account. At the time of publication their riifaat, 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.

Most of the stories are really unremarkable, as they describe the daily lives of its characters, but they betray this banality from a shock event, such as literally, a shock. So she is not a feminist nor does she want to upset alifx apple carts.

She also attended the First International Women’s Book Fair London, England in where she spoke about the rights of women in Islam and the topic of polygamy.

Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. This breaks the treaty the woman had with the djinn, and she and her husband move out of the building in which dwells the djinn. Thanks for the sprinkles, I receive them with joy. Distant View of a Minaret. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. As a woman I will follow them if you hold dostant your end of the bargain.