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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In one of the most touching stories, The Kite, an uneducated, poor widow kisses her hand to give thanks to god, unable to perform her prayers in the prescribed way without guidance. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. It also made me ask myself if there really is a meaning to life, or if life means what we make it mean.

These two sentences encapsulate what the book portrays the Arab woman’s life as: View all 12 comments. May 6, at 8: Her style, though focusing more on romance in the beginning of her career, later shifted to social critique after she met translator Denys John-Davies.

In a conference on population and development was held in Cairo where Nov 13, Linda rated it really liked it. I am glad to know that you liked it as much as I did. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. They are practicing Muslims who derive sustenance from their Islamic faith. Cancel reply Enter your comment here Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1.


Selected pages Title Page. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? She shows us how some women of the Islamic faith confront injustice.

Women hide Like many wonderful short story writers, Rifaat works with a light touch, keeping herself modestly out of dietant work to let her characters emerge fully into view as believably autonomous. My World of the Unknown. Her education and a possible future career in art were curtailed when she married – her parents’ alternative to university.

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So it clearl Much to my surprise, this book starts out in bed with a couple, and the woman has given up trying to figure out how to get her husband to please her in bed. Rifaat pulled me into a world that was both foreign and all too familiar. His business blog is ceditalk. Look at that horrible place!

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Distant View of a Minaret and Other Stories. For that reason I cry out for complete and complementary love in all my writings. Just breadth of issues that it covers and how open Rifaat is with sexual issues. There is a clear imbalance of rights between men and women, especially in regards to societal expectations.

I can’t recommend this edition, translated by this fellow, Denys Johnson-Davies, 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 contrast to ‘the women writers of Beirut’ whose ‘Arab form of women’s lib.


The story opened with them having sex! I only discovered this book, thanks to my local library. This virtual immunity from Western influence lends a special authenticity to her direct yet sincere accounts of death, sexual fulfillment, the lives of women in purdah, and the frustrations of everyday life in a male-dominated Islamic environment.

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In one piece, for instance, a wife described frankly her relations with her husband: Apr 27, Suzanne Bhagan rated it liked it.

Jul 08, Zuberino rated it it was amazing Shelves: A wonderful writer writing about what she knows, focusing mainly on Egyptian women and their lives.

Fatimah Rifaat used the psydonymn Alifa to prevent embarrassment on the part of her family due to the themes of her stories and her writing career. But I reckon it was expected. A spirit that remains despite the reality of the women’s duty to fulfill her husband’s demands in an otherwise loveless marriage.

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