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A Suggested Reading List for Penny (and you)

Penny De Vries is a “Book worm. Book lover. Raised on Enid Blyton but have progressed to sterner stuff. Only read real books. e-Reading does not work for me as I immerse myself in the book, I live in its pages and I need that to be physical even though it is virtual in a way.” 337 more words

African Women Writers

Author offers an indictment of misogyny in the Middle East

The following is an excerpt from the book Headscarves and Hymens (XXX) by the Egyptian-American feminist Mona Eltahawy. She will be at the Ottawa Writers Festival on April 25 at 2 p.m. 834 more words

Culture And Lifestyle

redefining feminine perfection

Are you perfect?

And if so, are you looking for possibilities beyond perfection. I am not sure what  to think about that? Let alone that I cannot imagine what that would be.  44 more words


Distant View of a Minaret by Alifa Rifaat, translated by Denys Johnson-Davis

Given the monumental (continuous) changes post-Arab Spring, my recent (ongoing) search for women’s voices before and after led me to an unusual writer who defies many expectations of what it means to be internationally literary: Alifa Rifaat lives and works in a traditional Egyptian Muslim society (this collection was first published in English translation almost three decades ago), she does not have a university education (her family married her off instead), she speaks a single language which means her reading is restricted to literature available only in Arabic, and the only time she has left her provincial Egyptian life is for religious pilgrimages to Mecca and Medina. 376 more words


"Another Evening at the Club" by Alifa Rifaat

“Another Evening at the Club” by Alifa Rifaat


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Fatimah Abdullah Rifaat (pen name Alifa Rifaat) was an Egyptian writer who balanced her faith in Islam with controversial short stories examining themes of female sexuality and subjugation in a man’s world. 99 more words



Aisha would neither have shown me her face nor spoken to me in her home. But the freedom she felt in this public setting, an outdoor café near the foot of Al Khalifa Tower, released a torrent of words. 1,244 more words