Most widely held works by Marilyn Booth
Girls of Riyadh by Rajāʼ ʻAbd Allāh Ṣāniʻ ( Book )
13 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 1,334 libraries worldwide
This debut novel, banned in the author's own country, reveals the social, romantic, and sexual tribulations of four young women from the elite classes of Saudi Arabia. Every week after Friday prayers, the anonymous narrator sends an email to the female subscribers of her online chat group. In fifty such emails over the course of a year, we witness the tragicomic reality of four university students negotiating their love lives, their professional success, and their rebellions, large and small, against their cultural traditions. The world these women inhabit is a modern one that contains "Sex and the City," dating, and sneaking out of their parents' houses, and all this causes the girls to collide endlessly with ancient customs. The never-ending cultural conflicts underscore the tumult of being an educated modern woman growing up in the 21st century amid a culture firmly rooted in an ancient way of life.--From publisher description.
May her likes be multiplied biography and gender politics in Egypt by Marilyn Booth ( Book )
18 editions published between 2001 and 2005 in English and held by 931 libraries worldwide
Marilyn Booth's elegantly conceived study reveals the Arabic tradition of life-writing in an entirely new light. Though biography had long been male-authored, in the late nineteenth century short sketches by and about women began to appear in biographical dictionaries and women's journals.
The loved ones by ʻĀliyah Mamdūḥ ( Book )
9 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 369 libraries worldwide
"Leaves an indelible impression. [The Loved Ones] is rich with family and neighbors and [Alia Mamdouh] notes all of their subtle interactions and secrets."-Library Journal.
The open door by Laṭīfah Zayyāt ( Book )
4 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and held by 329 libraries worldwide
"The Open Door is a landmark of women's writing in Arabic; published in 1960, it was very bold for its time in exploring a middle-class Egyptian girl's coming of sexual and political age, in the context of the Egyptian nationalist movement preceding the 1952 revolution. The novel traces the pressures on young women and young men of that time and class as they seek to free themselves of family control and social expectations. Young Layla and her brother become involved in the student activism of the 1940s and early 1950s and in the popular resistance to continued imperialist rule; the story culminates in the 1956 Suez Crisis, when Gamal Abd al-Nasser's nationalization of the Canal led to a British, French, and Israeli invasion."--BOOK JACKET.
Points of the compass : stories by Saḥar Tawfīq ( Book )
4 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 219 libraries worldwide
This collection of short stories, recipient of a 1994 University of Arkansas Press Award for Arabic Literature in Translation, presents one of Egypt's most innovative contemporary fiction writers. In her first collection published in English, Sahar Tawfiq explores the consciousnesses of young women alienated from their surroundings in today's rapidly changing Egyptian society.
Harem histories : envisioning places and living spaces ( Book )
4 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 199 libraries worldwide
Harem Historica is an interdisciplinary collection of essays exploring the harem as it was imagined, represented, and experienced in Middle Eastern and North African societies, as well as by visitors to those societies. One theme that threads through the collection is the intimate interrelatedness of West and East evident in encounters within and around the harem, whether in the elite socializing of precolonial Tunis or the popular historical novels published in Instanbul and Cairo from the late nineteenth century onward. Several of the contributors focus on European culture as a repository of harem representations, but most of them tackle indigenous representations of home spaces and their significance for how the bodies of men and women, and girls and boys, were distributed in social space, from early Islamic Mecca to early-twentieth-century Cairo. --Book Jacket.
Disciples of passion by Hudá Barakāt ( Book )
6 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 191 libraries worldwide
"Disciples of Passion chronicles the civil war in Lebanon through the troubled and sometimes quasi-hallucinatory mind of a youngman who has experienced kidnapping, hostage exchange, and hospital internment. As he recalls his village childhood and recounts his relationship with a woman of a different faith, his fragmented narrative probes the uncertainties of political and personal responsibilities in wartime." "Marilyn Booth's translation brings to an English-speaking audience one of the Arabic language's finest contemporary novelists. Hoda Barakat writes from personal experience: her novels focus on the civil war in Lebanon and how it shaped the lives of people marginalized by the conflict. Compelling scenarios of war and its aftermath of suffering and destruction are integrated into subtle psychological portraits - with protagonists often propelled into unexpected action."--BOOK JACKET.
Thieves in retirement : a novel by Ḥamdī Abū Julayyil ( Book )
4 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 186 libraries worldwide
"Hamdi Abu Golayyel offers a portrait of a marginalized Egyptian community, bringing to life the absurd and tragic characters who occupy the margins of society while paying tribute to a historical Cairene neighborhood. By turns comic, reverential, beautiful, and tawdry, the novel reveals a social climate where ruthlessness and goodness seem almost indistinguishable and humanity is on display in all its rich variety." "The novelist's distinctive vision of Egypt's various postmonarchy political regimes and ideologies shapes this dark comedy of human relations and underground pursuits in late twentieth-century Egypt. Through intricate levels of allegory, puns, and double meanings, Abu Golayyel effectively plays on the rhetoric associated with the nationalist government of Gamal Abdel Nasser, including the post-Nasser turn toward international capitalism with its a consumer-oriented economy-and movement away from the workers' rights orientation of the 1960s." "This novel represents a new voice and a new stage in contemporary Arabic literature, as it criticizes official ideologies, whether socialist, capitalist, or Islamist. Abu Golayyel's cast of memorable characters embodies the arbitrariness of life and the search for purpose and dignity in a social milieu that offers little of either. Marilyn Booth's translation renders the novel's delicate levels of diction and rhythm, making this Egyptian novel available to a much-deserved wider audience."--BOOK JACKET.
Stories by Egyptian women : my grandmother's cactus ( Book )
5 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 182 libraries worldwide
The tiller of waters by Hudá Barakāt ( Book )
7 editions published between 2001 and 2005 in English and held by 173 libraries worldwide
"This spellbinding novel narrates the many-layered recollections of a hallucinating man in devastated Beirut. The desolate, almost surreal, urban landscape is enriched by the unfolding of the family sagas of Niqula Mitri and his beloved Shamsa, the Kurdish maid. Mitri reminisces about his Egyptian mother and his father who came back to settle in Beirut after a long stay in Egypt. Both Mitri and his father are textile merchants and see the world through the code of cloth, from the intimacy of linen, velvet, and silk to the most impersonal of synthetics. Shamsa in turn relates her story, the myriad adventures of her parents and grandparents who moved from Iraqi Kurdistan to Beirut. Haunting scenes of pastoral Kurds are juxtaposed against the sedentary decadence of metropolitan residents. Barakat weaves into her sophisticated narrative shreds of scientific discourse about herbal plants and textile crafts, customs and manners of Arabs, Armenians, and Kurds, mythological figures from ancient Greece, Mesopotamia, Phoenicia, and Arabia, the theosophy of the African Dogons and the medieval Byzantines, and historical accounts of the Crusades in the Holy Land and the silk route to China."--Publisher description.
My grandmother's cactus : stories by Egyptian women ( Book )
5 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 172 libraries worldwide
Children of the waters by Ibtihāl Sālim ( Book )
5 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 151 libraries worldwide
Leaves of narcissus by Sumayyah Ramaḍān ( Book )
3 editions published between 2002 and 2006 in English and held by 135 libraries worldwide
Bayram al-Tunisi's Egypt : social criticism and narrative strategies by Marilyn Booth ( Book )
5 editions published between 1988 and 1990 in English and held by 79 libraries worldwide
May her likes be multiplied by Marilyn Booth ( Book )
2 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 7 libraries worldwide
Assessing housing developments for older people and people with disabilities : a social impact assessment manual ( Book )
1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 6 libraries worldwide
Narrative forms and the Egypt of Mahmūd Bayram al-Tūnisī, 1919-1932 by Marilyn Booth ( Book )
1 edition published in 1988 in English and held by 6 libraries worldwide
The open door by Laṭīfa al Zayyāt ( Book )
1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 5 libraries worldwide
Narrative forms and the Egypt of Maḥmūd Bayram al-Tūnisī, 1919-1939 by Marilyn Booth ( Book )
1 edition published in 1988 in English and held by 5 libraries worldwide
Memoirs from the women's prison by Nawāl as-Saʻdāwī ( Book )
1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 3 libraries worldwide
Arabic fiction Arabic fiction--Women authors Arabic literature Audiobooks Bayram al-Tūnisī, Maḥmūd,--1893-1961 Biography Biography as a literary form Conflict of generations Criticism, interpretation, etc. Domestic fiction Egypt Epistolary fiction Female friendship Feminism Fiction Friendship Handbooks, manuals, etc. Harems History Housing Housing policy Islamic countries Lebanon--Beirut Literature Manners and customs Middle class Muslim women Nationalism New South Wales Older people--Dwellings Older people--Housing People with disabilities--Housing Poets, Arab Political and social views Polygyny Rich people Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia--Riyadh Sex role Short stories, Arabic Student movements Tawfīq, Saḥar,--1951- Translations Women Women, Arab Women--Biography Women--Political activity Women--Social conditions Women--Social life and customs Young women
Booth, Marilyn 1955-....