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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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. Jul 24, Emily rated it really liked it Shelves: Aug 18, Matthew rated it liked it.

Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Viww should read this book. My World of the Unknown is perhaps the most idiosyncratic piece. The Joys of Motherhood: It is easy to point and say, “That is awful! It’s an outlook I haven’t found in that many other writers of the past few decades from other regions. To view it, click here. Many leading feminist movements in the developing world do not want agendas dictated to them by their Western peers, and want to prioritise vuew struggles on issues in consonance with local problems.


This anthology was read for the Africa Reading Challenge hosted by Kinna. The readings of these texts that juxtapose them with more Western feminist perspectives also miss the point. The first story hit me like a hammer to the head. There is a lot of variety between the short stories and each are beautifully written.

It’s minarst short read and much more than a cultural curiosity.

I also recommend reading it when one has time to sit and contemplate the characters and subtle truths that they reveal. Even without the weight of social issues upon its shoulders, Rifaat’s stories are surprising, endearing, and stick with you after you have finished them.


Reminds me of the sadness I read in Nectar In a Seive of which I can’t remember the author but she was from India, short but really good, beautiful and sad. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Subsequently, rural Egypt became the setting for most of her stories. The last time she had made such an attempt, so desperate was she at this critical moment, that she had dug her fingernails into his rifaar, compelling him to remain inside her.

Jerome Reviews Alifa Rifaat’s Distant View of a Minaret

According to him, Lebanese women writers are braver because their feminism is inspired by their Western counterparts whereas Alifa Rifaa’s reading has been restricted to Arab writers and her struggle is merely against certain man-made interpretations of Islam.

The women are oppressed, but the focus is on how they come to terms with and find meaning in their lives, not on whether the structure of society is right or wrong. Contemporary Fiction Short Story Books. I think this is true not only in places like Egypt but also in America as well politically, socially, economically.

Despite my question, it seemed that she did. The painful consequences are made clear.

Distant View of a Minaret

I found myself unable to do this with Alifa Rifaat’s collection of vignettes and short stories. This book was published in and contains 15 short stories translated from the Arabic. Sexuality and subversive action are two themes that run most kinaret through all the stories. Nov 13, Linda rated it really liked it. Or the view from her station in life?

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Sep 28, Julie Akeman rated it it was amazing. Perhaps it is the fact that my own aging mother is haunted by her own youthful memories and I am terrified of what they have wielded in her that the stories of the older women were so jarring.


Thanks for allowing me to review a book that you hold in such high regard! Alifa Rifaat stories are full of raw emotion and overwhelming sense of the hopelessness of the human experience. When he repeated the words ‘And enter My Garden,’ a feeling of peace flowed over me and I abandoned myself to the hands of the woman. Apr 26, C. Alifa Rifaat exposes injustice with subtlety, sensitivity, and poignancy.

There are also a few stories about how society forces women to act a certain way.

It sounds like a very interesting book. 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. Rifaat has an uncanny ability to elevate ordinary acts of daily life into the level of ritual. His eyes were tightly closed, his lips drawn down in an ugly contortion, and the veins in his neck stood out.

The stories are short, but what they lose in length they more than make up for in depth and penetrating insight. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Reviewing short story collections is always difficult, even when it’s a collection by a single author, because content and quality can vary so much between stories. Brilliantly constructed short stories. It does not also seem to challenge traditional gender roles.