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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It’d be fair to say thatt Alifa Rifaat has captured the essence of contemporary women lives in the Rifaah heartl At first sight the brevity of the stories betrays lack of depth, but it did not take long to correct the initial impression as I read through three or four of the total fifteen or in the collection. Jun 12, carnovalesque rated it liked it Shelves: To see Rifaat in print again is a joy.

Distant View of a Minaret: And Other Stories – Alifa Rifaat – Google Books

May 6, at 8: The loneliness and emptiness of the lives of Egyptian women from every class rifaat background are, in particular, well portrayed in an honest and bare fashion.

But I reckon it was expected. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Nov 13, Linda rated it really liked it. Her novels and short stories have been translated into multiple languages including English, German, Dutch, and Swedish.

Distant View of a Minaret

This is my first experience with North African writing, and it has wh Alifa Rifaat takes you into the world of ot ‘s Egyptian woman with minret. Jul 28, Vicki rated it liked it. 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.


It is a sort of writing that would enforce and gain the respect of other women, but arguably it is more of value to be read by men, like me, who are obliviously to all these things.

The protagonist in Bahiyya’s Eyes weeps that she was born a girl, blaming the practice of female circumcision and her arranged marriage for her unhappy life. The story opened with them having sex! While Rifaat was successful in providing a unique 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.

This raises questions about the very definition of feminism and its expression. Embroideries Pantheon Graphic Library. Some of the settings I shall hear it from three different mosques that surround our building.

Distant View of a Minaret. I recommend taking in each story on its own. The part prayer plays in their lives is very apparent. August 26, June 9, Kinna.

Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of Rifaat holds no punches and tells stories that make you feel sad, delighted, and horrified all in one go. This story tackles the issue of suppression of female sexuality through recounting the events of Bahiyya’s childhood. The Long Night of Winter.

Share your thoughts with other customers. Og Read Edit View history. Two of her better pieces that don’t appear in this collection have mjnaret translated into English elsewhere: Through the unhappiness of the main character, Rifaat shows the suffering of several other women who allifa been suppressed their whole lives. Thank you for such a great review.


Alifa Rifaat

But even though they struggle against the injustice of tradition without opting for the self-conscious all-out aljfa, a template that modern readers expect women feminist writers to follow, Alifa Rifaat has still touched on many sensitive taboos that threaten the patriarchal worldview more than if it had been written in the said vein of the much-loved but ineffectual total rebellion.

Instead, they exercise an agency that manifests itself in a different form. There is a clear imbalance of rights between men and women, especially in regards to societal expectations. A Novel Athol Fugard 4. He had given a shout as he pushed her away and slipped from her: Many leading feminist movements in the developing world do not want agendas dictated to them by their Western peers, and want to prioritise their struggles on issues in consonance with local problems.

Customers who viewed this item also viewed. I would highly recommend to read. Her style is very candid. Her originality lies not in any overt and conventional feminist approach, but rather through her implicit criticisms of the male alifq of his Islamic obligations to women, particularly in family life and marital relationships.