This paper analyses excerpts from the English version, Far from Madina and reveals two different approaches to the translation of the French feminine gender into English. While the first approach aims to evade the feminine gender in words revealing the courage, independence and ingenuity of the female characters, the second approach seeks to highlight the feminine gender in words confirming preconceived assumptions about Muslim women, assumptions that present her not only as an oppressed feminine subject, but also as a passive victim of male power. Works of Francophone Maghrebian female writers such as the Moroccan Fatima Mernissi, the Tunisian Emna Belhaj Yahia and the Algerian Assia Djebar illustrate how French, once the language of the coloniser, has become a tool of empowerment in their struggle for gender equality in Islamic societies. She writes:. Muslim extremists intended to restore social, economic and political stability by implementing strict patriarchal Islamic rules, which included depriving Algerian women of their freedoms and preventing them from any participation in public life. In this semi-fictional novel women figure as historical subjects who, far from being passive actors in a culture dominated by men, are active participants and agents in the creation of their own religious and cultural memory.

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Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Aug 03, Constantino Casasbuenas rated it really liked it. Beaucoup des mots a apprendre et a pratiquer! Que peut une femme? Jul 29, Minci Ayurveda Ahmetovic rated it really liked it.

Excerpts from the book which left impression on me: Pg. Only a woman has t Excerpts from the book which left impression on me: Pg. Only a woman has that power - to encourage her husband to get out of his silence and show the love he feels for her. Do not lose the trust of my daughter! God illuminates the hearts!

In the name of God, understand and become aware of it. And those who were unjust, you will see how their fate will turn. If Word fails, the blood will flow: beheaded leader, dishonorable wedding for a woman. Yes, everything is a Word: for a poor Arab, his life depends on it and is a matter of honor. But for a woman, love that she loses is dependent upon. Or which she gets, how to know? Perhaps their lives seem improper becausethey are forced to it or maybe easier than that of life with subordinate naughty husband p.

He will ask you what you did in this life. I appeal to you, when I am no longer among you, do not go back to the old, do not wander in the paths of ignorance and clutch your throats. I appeal to you! Over the past seven centuries of Christianity, motherhood was so glorified, too praised it seemed normal to talk about that now there was less talk.. If you failed to comply with obligations, asking for forgiveness from God and turn to Him: God will turn to the one who confesses his mistakes and who turns to Him.

Because the tongues of hypocrites, undecided, distrustful immediately become untied. Yes - protection of person - a believer - even if tempted, this protection is introduced and confirmed in verses of chapter Light.

Feb 13, Doyle rated it really liked it. Fascinating book about the lives of various women from the Prophet's last moments to after his death. Assia Djebar has the power to make you feel the love, injustice, anger, faith, freedom, wild fire that these extraordinary women must have felt at the time and brings justice to these some Fascinating book about the lives of various women from the Prophet's last moments to after his death. The words just flow through you and nest in your soul.

If I had to choose the chapters that captivated me most it'd be Asma "the death washer", Fatima "the one who said no", the poet, Kerala "the christian" and Selma "the rebel". Well this book surely had a hand helping me humanise her and I found myself wanting to read more about Abu Bakr's daughter. May 30, Omnia!

This book really surprised me. I expected an adventurous plot with a fierce female warrior and her rebellious fight against authority and gender-based oppression The usual thing. No, it was very different. The book is made up of episodes of women's lives in the first centuries of Islam. It's the women of the history and stories we know, that just remained in the background, veiled by their silence. Assia Djebar gives them a voice, with her unique way of reading old texts and resources, she ex This book really surprised me.

Assia Djebar gives them a voice, with her unique way of reading old texts and resources, she explores their endeavours and talents, their desires and hopes and beliefs She just gives them personality without exaggerating or idealising too much.

Se apresura a recurrir a Dios. Se apresura a morir. Libre por ser doblemente repudiada. Una estupenda obra. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. May 08, Noura Khalil rated it really liked it. Focusing on the women who surrounded The Propht "Mohammed", Assia draws attention to their significant but unacknowledged influence on Islam's founding prophet and the early history of that religion,i consider this book as a part of ''In Les nuits de Strasbourg ", which Assia traded her usual Algerian setting for the European city of Strasbourg, located along the contentious border of France and Germany.

The novel, which opens during the start of World War II, follows the stories of several intercultural couples ,Algerian ,Jew and German, French and Algerian Muslim, as they struggle, often unsuccessfully, with their ethnic, generational, and religious differences. Good writing as usual Assia. History of women in the early days of Islam.

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About Assia Djebar. Assia Djebar. Assia Djebar was born in Algeria to parents from the Berkani tribe of Dahra. She adopted the pen name Assia Djebar when her first novel, La Soif Hunger was published in , in France where she was studying at the Sorbonne.


1. Feminine gender is maintained in the English text:

Access options available:. Therefore, rather than opposing an orientalist feminist reading to one faithful to the sources of Islam, I propose that this approach allows Djebar's text to retrieve the legacy of feminist contestation within Islam. Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves. Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website.


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The story revolves around a group of women contemporary with the Islamic prophet Muhammad. An English translation by Dorothy S. Blair was published through Quartet Books in Ziauddin Sardar reviewed the book for The Independent : " Far From Medina is not only a work of extraordinary brilliance, it is also a significant book for Muslims. Its importance lies not so much in the creative synthesis of authentic formative history of Islam with the tools of fiction, but in demonstrating that the same words can lead two equally pious and righteous individuals to opposing actions. Assia Djebar's ijtihad , her new insight, makes the formative words of Islam breathe fresh air while turning the spotlight on hitherto secluded areas of Islamic history. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.



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