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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Distant View of a Minaret and Other Stories

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Her stories did not attempt to undermine the patriarchal system; rather they were used to depict the problems inherent in a patriarchal society when men do not adhere to their religious teachings that advocate for the kind treatment of women. Description This collection of short stories admits the reader into a hidden private world, regulated by aliva call of the mosque. Two of the stories have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3. My library Help Advanced Book Search. During this time period a woman was considered a purely sexual being, and the allowance of freedom of her sexuality was feared to result in fitna, rifaag societal chaos.

She has the capacity to demonstrate the hope, youth, longing and power that lives within the psyche of many women. Contemporary Fiction Short Story Books. Alifa Rifaat takes you into the world of the ‘s Egyptian woman with excellence. Jun 18, Tamara Agha-Jaffar rated it really liked it Shelves: 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.

A peek in the window of womens’ lives from a culture I must admit not understanding. While her stories ring true, it became wearying to read one vignette difaat another about a woman who hates her life.

He was reciting the final verses of the Chapter of the Dawn. This is a must read and a delight mniaret only pages. Her education and a possible future career in art were curtailed when she married – her parents’ alternative to university. Views Read Edit View history. The loneliness and emptiness of the lives of Egyptian women riafat every class and background are, in particular, well portrayed in an honest and bare fashion. Some of them were economical and charming ov others I found oppressive allifa filled with death.


The pieces I enjoyed least were ones where a religious outlook was less prominent and the focus was on unsympathetic characters or naive ones lacking all awareness of misfortune: She continued on to make the [hajj], the sacred pilgrimage to Mecca, in and traveled to multiple European and Arab states including England, TurkeyGermany, Moroccoand Austria.

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Her style is very candid. 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. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. Though this idea isn’t made explicit, it suggests how masculine toughness and stolidity is culturally instilled and maintained.

Return to Alira Page. A widow, she now lives in Cairo with her three children. Alifa Rifaat also discusses issues that would be regarded slifa taboo by some Muslim countries; issues relating to sex and sexual pleasure for married women.

Or what diztant to be merely a confused tale of how a woman drowned in a canal and some believed her spirit had taken revenge on a man who’d been involved. Sometimes there is something trivial in death which seems unimportant and commonplace.

A widow, she now lives mibaret Cairo with her three children. Between the early s and her death, she published several short-story collections and a novel.

Distant View of a Minaret by Alifa Rifaat, translated by Denys Johnson-Davis | BookDragon

About Alifa Rifaat Alifa Rifaat has spent all her life in the Arab world, immersed in the traditions and culture of Islam. Regardless of where a woman lives or what advantages may be on her side, the struggle to find a clear voice and identity that is rufaat relegated to conciliatory connection and placation seems endemic to the female experience.


Horrible, beautiful, comforting, divine and devilish all at the same time.?

At the same time, the woman remembered “there is a time for everything: Sep 28, Julie Akeman rated it it was amazing. The woman remains with the snake despite her confusion until her husband kills a snake in the yard, violating the code of the jinni, at which point the female jinni leaves. A widow, she now lives in Cairo with her three children. While taking on such controversial subjects, Fatimah Rifaat’s protagonists remained religiously faithful with passive feelings towards their fate.

Alifa Rifaat

Her originality lies not in any overt and conventional feminist approach, but rather through her implicit criticisms of the male neglect of his Islamic obligations to women, particularly in family life and marital relationships. Set up a giveaway. Our growing up was less than idyllic as my mother often raged at the reality that all her duty and obedience left her more and more invisible.

The lone minaret likely represents the solitude that the female protagonist experiences having resigned to this role. In these stories youthful memories became a place that was both welcoming and haunting.

Selected pages Title Page. Jul 26, Joseph rated it really liked it. She recalls how in the past she attempted to express her desire for sexual satisfaction to her husband which was met in return with denial and anger. No trivia or quizzes yet. This story deals with the issue of feminine pleasure.