Arab Women Writers: An Anthology of Short Stories by Dalya Cohen-Mor

By Dalya Cohen-Mor

Including sixty brief tales through 40 girls writers from around the Arab international, this assortment opens quite a few home windows onto Arab tradition and society and gives prepared insights into what Arab ladies think and imagine. The tales deal not just with feminist matters but additionally with issues of a social, cultural, and political nature. varied types and modes of writing are represented, in addition to a range of options and artistic methods, and the authors current many issues of view and diverse methods of fixing difficulties and confronting events in daily life. energetic, outspoken, and provocative, those tales are crucial interpreting for an individual attracted to the Arab international.

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All too soon the game of doctor was over, and with it the era of Alya’s leadership. Her father’s voice reverberated long afterward, with neither her mimicry nor our laughter. In fact, his voice rose higher and higher every day. ” Gradually, too, our little group dispersed. Hana traveled with her parents to Saudi Arabia. Occasionally she returned during the summer holiday wearing the veil—which she had donned as soon as she had reached puberty—without casting so much as a glance at us, even if we met on the stairs or at the entrance to the building.

Al-Jazi thought of him at that moment and felt that The Parting Gift 37 she was despicable and lowly, and that she had lost the coquettish glamour that made her act arrogantly when she saw him. Suddenly, as if the constant shaking of her head had stirred up her memory, she remembered her sister who lived in one of the villages in the north. Should she involve her? The image of her sister’s shriveled and emaciated figure flashed across her mind. Would a third wife, and not the favorite one at that, be so lavish with her gifts for her family members?

No longer valid is the image of the Arab woman as silent, passive, and submissive. The contemporary Arab woman is outspoken, active, and assertive. She may be a salesclerk, as in “Homecoming” by Fadila al-Faruq; a hairdresser, as in “A Successful Woman” by Suhayr al-Qalamawi; a teacher, as in “The Woman of My Dreams” by Fadila al-Faruq; a headmistress, as in “International Women’s Day” by Salwa Bakr; a professional woman, as in “The Dinosaur” by Emily Nasrallah; a ballet dancer, as in “The Filly Became a Mouse” by Layla Ba'labakki; or a creative writer, as in “I Will Try Tomorrow” by Mona Ragab.

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