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By Dalya Cohen-Mor

Along with sixty brief tales by means of 40 girls writers from around the Arab global, this assortment opens a variety of home windows onto Arab tradition and society and gives willing insights into what Arab ladies suppose and imagine. The tales deal not just with feminist matters but in addition with subject matters of a social, cultural, and political nature. diversified kinds and modes of writing are represented, in addition to a range of innovations and inventive techniques, and the authors current many issues of view and numerous methods of fixing difficulties and confronting occasions in way of life. energetic, outspoken, and provocative, those tales are crucial examining for an individual attracted to the Arab international.

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She jumped with fear and screamed, “Don’t call anyone. ” 36 Arab Women Writers The counselor responded to her scream with increasingly animated movements. She pushed up her glasses, which had slipped to the tip of her nose, and left the office quickly. Desperate thoughts ran through al-Jazi’s mind: Where can I go? Shall I hide behind the school? Run to my uncle’s house? Where? O God, I will devote myself to prayer. I will fast the remaining days that I owe from Ramadan. I will even fast another month.

While there is a marked increase in Arab women’s participation in public life, and a growing level of awareness on their part, both collective and individual, the process of liberation is not complete. In their struggle for freedom and equality, Arab women writers at times encounter hostility and resistance and at other times solidarity and support. The depth of their vision is reflected in the fact that they perceive the liberation of their gender as inseparable from the rebirth of Arab society in general and the Arab man in particular.

In the morning, she had gone to school. The day before, as he had approached her by the outer wall of her house, he had looked so handsome that she felt an ache of desire for him. She had leaned against the wall, trying to push him away with her hand, which was weak from tension. His features became blurred in her mind. She remembered only his brown, high cheekbones and his headdress. Her memory transformed into small, colorful scraps of paper floating in a crystal bowl of water. Each scrap evoked in her a particular sight, shade, taste, and smell.

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