Read the full-text online edition of Khul-Khaal, Five Egyptian Women Tell Their Stories (). Find Khul Khaal Five Egyptian Women Tell Their Stories by Atiya, Nayra at Biblio. Uncommonly good collectible and rare books from uncommonly good. Review: Khul-Khaal, Five Egyptian Women Tell Their Stories. User Review – Sarah – Goodreads. An eye opener into the lives of Egyptian women. Even though.

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Spoken Autobiographical Acts: Nayra Atiya’s ‘Khul-Khaal’ – Stanford Scholarship

In addition, having been written by a Language and Literature major who is delving into anthropology and cultural studies as the bionote statesare plus points as well. Five contemporary Egyptian women, ranging in age from early twenties to mid-sixties, members of Cairo’s impoverished middle to lower classes, told their life stories to Nayra Atiya over a period of many months. Overall, a clean and tight, lightly read copy. The women are of different races, faiths, and classes, but what’s interesting is how close to identical their lives are.

Although, I am an Egyptian woman who has lived in Egypt all my life, I was totally surprised from information in this book, the reason is mainly the selection of the ladies to tell the story about, all the women happen to be from lower middle class khaxl lower class which gives a very false image about life of Egyptian women.


Jan 17, Sarah Hosseini rated it it was amazing. I felt that the same story was exhausted five times by different women living in slightly different socio-economic backgrounds. Paperbackpages.

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Dec 14, Linguafranka rated it it was amazing. Nayra AtiyaAndrea Rugh. It is one of my favourites that I have enjoyed time and time again. And while there are certain limitations as far as representing the purported voices of Egyptian women, we might want to consider those who have even less of a chance to get their views out there based on socioeconomic conditions rather than a generic standpoint.

Nov 21, Bree rated it really liked it Shelves: Write a customer review. Customers who bought this item also bought. Showing of 6 reviews. We I have to admit that I was drawn to this book because of the cover art while rummaging through BookSale on afternoon. I read it right after we got to Egypt, I just really wanted to know more about everyday life for Egyptian women. I learned that Egyptians are much more superstitious than I thought! Please try again later. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life.

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Five contemporary Egyptian women, in age from their early twenties to mid-sixties and all of the min- to lower socioeconomic classes, tell their life stories. The book was about the married khaal of ordinary Egyptian women whether they are Muslim or Christian.


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That would be a bit rude! Read this for a book club meet in Egypt which was interesting. No doubt it is somewhat dated the book is more than 20 years oldbut provides sharp portrayals of women living in a very different culture.

One minute they were arguing, and then in a split second, they were laughing together. Search my Subject Specializations: I am a cairo dweller and I have to say the whole book with its women seemed so surprising to me Another common theme in these stories was how they had to be circumcised because it was tradition, because it would keep passion down, and to prevent a woman growing a piece like a man?!

All of them going through the same chapter of life, circumcisions very badly conducted on those dayspuberty, marriage and life as a mother and wife. I felt sorry for all of them. Atiya has masterfully written the tales in the voices of the women who told them to her. I discussed this kuaal with a colleague at work who said many of these superstitions still hold sway, among all social and economic classes.