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

I noted that her stories treated varied ranges of unsatisfactory sex within the confines of marriage and my conclusion is that this issue maybe tied in with the traditional religious interpretations of the society. 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.

She recalls how in the past she attempted to express her desire for sexual satisfaction to rifaar husband which was met in return with denial and anger. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Because of this a paradigm shift needs to occur.

To view it, click here. The Joys of Motherhood: She ruminates about this throughout most of the act, and then gets out of bed to go shower and make tea. In Me and My Sister a dutiful daughter left to support her family after her didtant takes a second wife fulfills her dreams of romance in what in dkstant is a dreadful manner. My favorite story in the collection was – surprise, surprise – the only story with a speculative element.

Her role as obedient wife and mother have not been without merit and rifaaat.


Rifaat did not go to university, spoke only Arabic, and seldom traveled abroad. She stared up at her foot that now pointed towards the spider’s rfaat and noted her toenails needed cutting.

Distant View of a Minaret and Other Stories by Alifa Rifaat

Bahiyya then recounts her childhood, her clitoridectomy by the women of her village, her widowhood and the hardships of raising children as a single mother. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. If man reads has a feeling that women everywhere like similar experiences. I don’t recognise Johnson-Davies description of her work at all.

I must have been making a face, because the professor turned to me and said “Emily knows what this story is about. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: A widow, she now lives in Cairo with her three children. Skip the translators introduction: 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. Reviewing this particular collection was even more Jul 28, Vicki rated it liked it.

Later on, feeling herself sometimes to be on the brink of the experience some of her married women friends talked of in hushed terms, she had found the courage to be explicit about what she wanted. She felt reluctant at first, but her heart warmed to him, and later she dreamed of him standing in her courtyard, protecting the beloved chickens she was raising. Bahiyya is also a name for Egypt. Thanx Jerome Like Like. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Some might find her boundaries of sex and sexuality off-putting because of her obviously religious background but in my opinion, I find her discussion of these subjects very refreshing and still relatable to all women whether they’re religious or no Heartbreakingly honest about the inner person, sexuality, death, family dynamics and daily living of traditional Muslim women.


Jul 08, Zuberino rated it it was amazing Shelves: My World of the Unknown.

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. It’s a short read and much more than x cultural curiosity. The class was saying that it meant that she wanted to be more religious and that her husband was not encouraging her in this.

Alifa Rifaat

Her education and a possible future career in art were curtailed when she married – her parents’ alternative to university. Minarett is a lot of variety between the short stories and each are beautifully written. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. It is impossible to doubt the authenticity of each of her female protagonists as they relate their stories with an economy of emotions not usually seen in other contemporary works cut from the same cloth.

How was it that Rifaat had found parts of me and my internal dialogue in veiled Egyptian women who walked a dusty path for water? Published July 20th by Heinemann Educational Books first published