Greener Journal of Agricultural Sciences Vol. 3 (1), pp.027-032, January 2013
Behind the Hidden Face of Eve: Alifa Rifaat’s Distant View of a Minaret as a Metaphor
Ogbeide O. Victor
Department of English and Literary Studies, Faculty of Arts, Ekiti State University,
Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State, Nigeria
Email: ogbeide_v @ yahoo.com
This paper is an imaginative flight, with Alifa Rifaat as
guide, to the closed world of the typical Muslim woman
living in a patriarchal Muslim society. Behind her veil of
invisibility lie her silent pains, sexual dissatisfaction
and emotional anguish which are often male-inflicted in
their chauvinistic ambition to continue to oil the machinery
of patriarchy; an institution that has attracted many
unislamic accretions and man made oppressive anti-woman
practices over the years. Her reflection of the women as
voiceless and powerless in deference to the status quo
notwithstanding, the paper contends that by “daring” to
portray many of the norms and attitudes related to women in
her society, Rifaat has contributed in no small measure to
widening the frontiers of women liberation struggle all over
Keywords: Patriarchal, Muslim, Society, Feminism, Veil, Metaphor, invisibility.
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