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 piece, for instance, a wife described frankly her relations with her husband: May 8, at 8: 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.

I wouldn’t say I enjoyed the stories in this book, but I did enjoy reading it, if only for the familiarity. We can notify you when this item is back in stock. The collection of stories in this book is amazing.

Distant View of a Minaret : Alifa Rifaat :

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. He does drop a hint though: Account Options Sign in. It was a wonderful transition from learning about the lives of Middle Eastern women to actually experiencing it through literature.

She continued on to publish a collection of short stories and two novels beginning with the short story “My World of the Unknown,” for which she gained initial popularity. Women hide Like many wonderful short story writers, Rifaat works with a light touch, keeping herself modestly out of her work to let her characters emerge fully into view as believably autonomous.


To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: I don’t recognise Mminaret description of her work at all. Apr 27, Suzanne Bhagan rated it liked it. It appears to criticize the failure of a lot of the characters usually husbands to live djstant to moral standards.

Distant View of a Minaret. Retrieved from ” https: At such moments it had seemed to her that all she needed was just one more movement and her body and soul would be quenched, that once achieved they would between them know how to repeat the experience.

An idea would obtrude itself upon me sometimes: You are commenting using your WordPress.

Superficially the stories are simple, but they gave me a glance of deep, ineffable complexities of desire and motivation. January 17, at 4: Though this is a lot of pressure to put on an unassuming collection of stories, Rifaat’s ditant feature women who are impressive in their humanity, power, and sexuality. I would recommend this story collection to anyone even remotely interested in women living in an essentially male-dominated Minaget environment.

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Review – Distant View of A Minaret

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. For the first few years of their marriage her husband allowed her to write and publish stories under her pseudonym despite the common idea of writing being a purely masculine field in Egyptian culture.


The first story hit me like a hammer to the head. She wants no distaht 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.

Mar 18, Zanna rated it really liked it Shelves: How was it that Rifaat had found parts of me and my internal dialogu I usually consume my text quickly, devouring the content and then moving thoughtlessly on to a new story. Selected pages Title Page. Largely divorced from Western influences, speaking and writing only Arabic, Alifa Rifaat allows the reader a rare vew enlightening glimpse at woman’s condition in a male-dominated environment.

Between the early s and her death, she published several short-story collections and a novel. She challenges behaviour from within the accepted framework of her society’s religion and laws. Realistic stories of life Arab women.