top_2_1.jpg top_2_2.jpg
Arab Women Writers
An Anthology of Short Stories
Arab Women Writers
Click on image to enlarge

Dalya Cohen-Mor - Editor, translator and introduction by
SUNY series, Women Writers in Translation
Price: $95.00 
Hardcover - 318 pages
Release Date: May 2005
ISBN10: 0-7914-6419-9
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6419-9

Price: $33.95 
Paperback - 318 pages
Release Date: May 2005
ISBN10: 0-7914-6420-2
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6420-5

Available as a Google eBook
for other eReaders and tablet devices.
Click icon below...

Available as a Kindle Edition.
Click icon below...

Summary Read First Chapter image missing

A collection of sixty short stories by women writers from across the Arab world.

Consisting of sixty short stories by forty women writers from across the Arab world, this collection opens numerous windows onto Arab culture and society and offers keen insights into what Arab women feel and think. The stories deal not only with feminist issues but also with topics of a social, cultural, and political nature. Different styles and modes of writing are represented, along with a diversity of techniques and creative approaches, and the authors present many points of view and various ways of solving problems and confronting situations in everyday life. Lively, outspoken, and provocative, these stories are essential reading for anyone interested in the Arab world.

“Given the social and political constraints that prevail in much of the Arab world, it is hardly surprising that the path to effective self-expression … has not been an easy one … In the face of obstacles … the range and freshness of talent represented in this collection … seem even more remarkable.” — Times Literary Supplement

“Cohen-Mor’s … anthology of stories written over the past half century is literature deployed as a means to rebel, to assert authority through a voice equal in importance to that of a man, deliberately using the short story as a means easy ‘for women to access, and to print in newspapers and magazines.’” — Financial Times

"This book presents a good variety of short stories written by Arab women from various Arab countries. It is the most comprehensive collection in the field." — Joseph T. Zeidan, author of Arab Women Novelists: The Formative Years and Beyond

The stories in this collection are well chosen, including those by established authors as well as by interesting new figures whose work is not widely available." — Terri DeYoung, author of Placing the Poet: Badr Shakir al-Sayyab and Postcolonial Iraq

Dalya Cohen-Mor is an independent scholar educated in the Middle East, Europe, and the United States. She is the author of A Matter of Fate: The Concept of Fate in the Arab World as Reflected in Modern Arabic Literature and Yusuf Idris: Changing Visions, as well as the editor and translator of An Arabian Mosaic: Short Stories by Arab Women Writers.

Bookmark and Share

Table of Contents



Arab Women Writers: A Brief Sketch
Thematic Aspects
Modes of Writing
Arab Women: Old Images, New Profiles

Part One: Growing Up Female

Samiya At'ut (Palestine) That Summer Holiday
Umayma al-Khamis (Saudi Arabia) The Parting Gift
Nura Amin (Egypt) Let's Play Doctor
Radwa Ashour (Egypt) In the Moonlight
Buthayna al-Nasiri (Iraq) At the Beach
Mona Ragab (Egypt) A Helping Hand
Fawziya Rashid (Bahrain) In the Recesses of Memory
Sharifa al-Shamlan (Saudi Arabia) Fragments from a Life
Najiya Thamir (Syria) The Slave

Part Two: Love and Sexuality

Nawal al-Saadawi (Egypt) The Picture
Latifa al-Zayyat (Egypt) The Picture
Layla al-Uthman (Kuwait) The Picture
Nafila Dhahab (Tunisia) The Smile
Nura Amin (Egypt) My Mother's Friend
Hayat Bin al-Shaykh (Tunisia) A Worthless Woman

Part Three: Male-Female Relations

Colette Suhayl al-Khuri (Syria) Where To?
Layla Ba'labakki (Lebanon) The Cat
Fadila al-Faruq (Algeria) The Woman of My Dreams
Samiya At'ut (Palestine) Mozart's Fez
Samira Azzam (Palestine) A Virgin Continent
Nadiya Khust (Syria) An Old Couple

Part Four: Marriage

Ihsan Kamal (Egypt) A Mistake in the Knitting
Alifa Rifaat (Egypt) My Wedding Night
Sahar al-Muji (Egypt) The Dummy
Daisy al-Amir (Iraq) The Cat, the Maid, and the Wife
Hanan al-Shaykh (Lebanon) Sun, I Am the Moon
Zuhur Wanisi (Algeria) The Dreadful Sea
Mayy Ziyada (Palestine) The Lady with the Story
Hanan al-Shaykh (Lebanon) The Persian Rug
Aliya Mamdouh (Iraq) The Dream
Sakina Fuad (Egypt) Pharaoh Is Drowning Again

Part Five: Childbearing

Ihsan Kamal (Egypt) The Spider's Web
Rafiqat al-Tabi'a (Morocco) Man and Woman
Sufi Abdallah (Egypt) Half a Woman
Ramziya Abbas al-Iryani (Yemen) Heir Apparent
Daisy al-Amir (Iraq) The Newcomer

Part Six: Self-Fulfillment

Salwa Bakr (Egypt) International Women's Day
Layla Ba'labakki (Lebanon) The Filly Became a Mouse
Umayma al-Khamis (Saudi Arabia) Restoration
Umayma al-Khamis (Saudi Arabia) Waiting for Hayla
Sahar al-Muji (Egypt) The Closely Guarded Secret
Mona Ragab (Egypt) I Will Never Forfeit My Right
Fadila al-Faruq (Algeria) Homecoming
Zabya Khamis (United Arab Emirates) Bittersweet Memories

Part Seven: Customs and Values

Samira Azzam (Palestine) Tears for Sale
Ramziya Abbas al-Iryani (Yemen) Misfortune in the Alley
Fawziya Rashid (Bahrain) Questioning
Emily Nasrallah (Lebanon) The Dinosaur
Hadiya Sa'id (Lebanon) Moonstruck
Khayriya al-Saqqaf (Saudi Arabia) A Moment of Truth
Daisy al-Amir (Iraq) The Future
Suhayr al-Tall (Jordan) The Gallows

Part Eight: The Winds of Change

Ulfat al-Idilbi (Syria) The Breeze of Youth
Suhayr al-Qalamawi (Egypt) A Successful Woman
Radwa Ashour (Egypt) In Need of Reassurance
Nafila Dhahab (Tunisia) Short and Sassy
Samiya At'ut (Palestine) The Collapse of Barriers
Salwa Bakr (Egypt) The Beginning
Nuzha Bin Sulayman (Morocco) A Moment of Contemplation
Mona Ragab (Egypt) I Will Try Tomorrow


About the Authors

Related Subjects

Related Titles

Unruly Catholic Nuns
Unruly Catholic Nuns
The Middle of Everywhere
The Middle of Everywhere
Around the World in 80 Days
Around the World in 80 Days
Lionel Lincoln: or, The Leaguer of Boston
Lionel Lincoln: or, The Leaguer of Boston
Paradise Farm
Paradise Farm
The Fence-walker
The Fence-walker
Good Thunder
Good Thunder
The Book of Strangers
The Book of Strangers
The Truth and Legend of Lily Martindale
The Truth and Legend of Lily Martindale
Moral Tales and Meditations
Moral Tales and Meditations