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The sacred night

Author: Tahar Ben Jelloun; Alan Sheridan
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000.
Edition/Format:   Book : Fiction : English : Johns Hopkins pbk. edView all editions and formats
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"Mohammed Ahmed, a Moroccan girl raised as a boy in order to circumvent Islamic inheritance laws regarding female children, remains deeply conflicted about her identity. In a narrative that shifts in and out of reality moving between a mysterious present and a painful past, Ben Jelloun relates the events of Ahmed's adult life. Now calling herself Zahra, she renounces her role as only son and heir after her father's  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Islamic stories
Allegories
Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tahar Ben Jelloun; Alan Sheridan
ISBN: 0801864410 9780801864414
OCLC Number: 42923682
Description: vii, 178 p. ; 21 cm.
Contents: Inventory --
Night of destiny --
A beautiful day --
The perfumed garden --
The mirrors of time --
A dagger caressing my back --
The seated woman --
The consul --
The pact --
A soul defeated --
A confusion of feelings --
The consul's room =--
A lake of heavy water --
The brothel charade --
The murder --
In the darkness --
The letter --
Ashes and blood --
The forgotten --
My story, my prison --
Hell --
The saint.
Other Titles: Nuit sacrée.
Responsibility: Tahar Ben Jelloun ; translated by Alan Sheridan.
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"Mohammed Ahmed, a Moroccan girl raised as a boy in order to circumvent Islamic inheritance laws regarding female children, remains deeply conflicted about her identity. In a narrative that shifts in and out of reality moving between a mysterious present and a painful past, Ben Jelloun relates the events of Ahmed's adult life. Now calling herself Zahra, she renounces her role as only son and heir after her father's death and journeys through a dreamlike Moroccan landscape. A searing allegorical portrait of North African society, The Sacred Night uses Arabic fairy tales and surrealist elements to craft a stunning and disturbing vision of protest and rebellion against the strictures of hidebound traditions governing gender roles and sexuality."--BOOK JACKET.

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