Ogbeide 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. Return to Content View [Full Article – PDF] [Full Article – HTML] [Full Article – EPUB] Reference: Adebayo Aduke (1996). “Tearing the Veil of Invisibility: The Role of West African Female Writers in Contemporary Times” (Ed) Adebayo, Aduke Feminism and Black Women’s Creative Writing. Theory, Practice, Criticism. Ibadan; AMD Publishers, (37-56). Angelou Maya (1984). I Know why The Caged Bird Sings. London: Virago. David Mary (1995). Wole Soyinka: A Quest for Renewal. Madras, India: B.I Publications, (13-19). Emecheta Buchi (1977). The Slave Girl. Glasgow: Fontana/Collins. _****______(1979).The Joys of Motherhood. London: Heinemann. Gauthier Xaviere (1981). “Is there such a Thing as Women’s Writing?” New French Feminisms (Trans. Marilyin A August. (Eds) Elain Marks and Isabelle de conitivion. Sussex: The Harvester Press, (161-164). Johnson-Davies, Denys (1983). “Translator’s Foreword” Alifa Rifaat’s Distant View of a Minaret and Other stories. Essex: Pearson Education. Miles Maria (1983/89). “Towards a Methodology for Feminist Research” (Eds) Bowles and Klein. Theories of Women’s Studies. London/New York; Routledge, (117-139). Nnaemeka Obioma (2007). “Bringing African Women into the Classroom: Rethinking Pedagogy and Epistemology” (Eds) Olaniyan T and Quayson A, African Literature an Anthology of Criticism and Theory. M.A. USA; Blackwell Publishing, pp571-577. Nwapa Flora (1998). “Women and Creative Writing in Africa” (Ed). Nnaemeka O, Sisterhood is Global: Feminism and Power from Africa to the Diaspora, (89-99). Rifaat Alifa (1983). Distant View of a Minaret and Other Stories. Essex; Pearson Education. Saadawi Nawal El (1980). The Hidden Face of Eve. London: Zed Books. Sanusi Ramoni and Olayinka Wumi (2012). “Blind Devotion, Violence and Trauma in the Works of Ka Maiga, Bassek and Mpondi-Ngolle” Papers in English and Linguistics. Vol. 13, (183-208). Stratton Florence (2009). The Routledge Encyclopedia of African Literature. (Ed) Simon Gikandi. Milton Park, Abingdon Oxon: Routledge. Senft Theresa (1995). “Writing (and) Independence: Gayatic Spivak and the Dark Continent of Ecriture Feminine” Women and Performance. Vol. 7(2) Issue 14-15, (275-280). Thiam Awa (1986). Black Sisters, Speak Out: Feminism and Oppression in Black Africa. (Translated by Dorothy Blair) London: Pluto Press.