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Greener
Journal of  Agricultural Sciences

Vol. 3 (
1), pp.027-032,
January 2013


 ISSN: 2276-7770 



Research

Paper

Manuscript
Number:111212259

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15580/GJAS.2013.1.111212259

 


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

Abstract:

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
the world.
 
Keywords: Patriarchal, Muslim, Society, Feminism,
Veil, Metaphor, invisibility.

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