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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Badriyya’s despairing anger at her deceitful husband, for example, or the haunting melancholy of “At the Time of the Jasmine,” are treated with a sensitivity to the discipline and order of Islam.

Their methods may be more effective than strident rebellion, which can be alienating.

Distant View of a Minaret : Alifa Rifaat :

We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. It’d be fair to say thatt Alifa Rifaat has captured the essence of contemporary women lives in the Egyptian heartland.

Translated from 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. When the woman and her husband move into a house the wife discovers a female jinni in the form of a snake who teaches her the height disfant sexual pleasure. It is a cold and charged sentence, true to the bone, that most of us would not be able to accept our own deaths as a commonplace minafet.

Feb 10, Kokeshi rated it it was amazing Shelves: The ebb and flow of the mostly first-person narratives are distilled skillfully into a succession of independent portraits which give an illusion of a miniature painting in writing.

It also made me ask myself if there really is a meaning to life, or if life means what we make it mean.


Jerome Reviews Alifa Rifaat’s Distant View of a Minaret

Go get a copy. In her stories, Alifa Rifaat does not call on her fellow Arab women to fight for their rights; her clarion call is not for the women to be up in arms against their men or the male dominated society. Although Alifa Rifaat strove to express through writing the sexual repression of women, her stories and her life were conducted in an orthodox Muslim manner and she did not advocate the rise of women against patriarchy. But even here, one cannot help but glimpse beneath the surface, the routine and rather monotonous and even meaningless nature that these five daily prayers have come to assume, so that for Widad in the Kite, it is the sight of her alifaa chickens as she blows kisses to them every morning that makes her see the generosity of her Maker.

Thanks for the review. Her thoughts are peppered with references to God and His mercy. Two of the stories have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

I would highly recommend to read. Below are two quotes which nicely summarize the experience of the woman. Unusual very short stories. Her directness in treating sexual themes and women’s thinking about them has been called unusual for her time.

But a young woman who made a love marriage fares no better as her man is unfaithful and funds his smoking and drinking on her wages without offering love or help to her. These stories handle themes such as sex, death, marriage, masturbationclitoridectomylove, teenage pregnancy, widowhoodand loss along with other controversial topics.

Distant View of a Minaret – Alifa Rifaat. Some of them were economical and charming and others I found oppressive and filled with death.

This book was published in and contains 15 short stories translated from the Arabic. 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.


Distant View of a Minaret and Other Stories

She remembers to thank God for His generosity by performing a simple and tender gesture of raising her hand to her lips repeatedly to give thanks. Rifaat did not go to university, spoke only Arabic, and seldom traveled abroad. Alita is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews.

Me and My Sister. All the other stories were very realistic and down-to-earth.

She wants no major changes to how their religion is followed and practiced, agrees that the man is ‘the boss’ of the house, she does what is expected of her including all rituals and beliefs of Islam, yet the only change she wanted to see was that men treat women more kindly as she claims it is required in the Koran.

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. AWS, ; Page 9. While taking on such controversial subjects, Fatimah Rifaat’s protagonists remained religiously faithful with passive feelings towards their fate.

I think this is true not only in places like Egypt but also in America as well politically, socially, economically. Review quote “Horrible, beautiful, comforting, divine and devilish all at the same time.

I haven’t been able to find any other works by Rifaat, but I hope one day another “accident” will occur and I will be lucky enough to read more of Rifaat’s work.