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The sand child

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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In this lyrical, hallucinatory novel set in Morocco, Tahar Ben Jelloun offers an imaginative and radical critique of contemporary Arab social customs and Islamic law. The Sand Child tells the story of a Moroccan father's effort to thwart the consequences of Islam's inheritance laws regarding female offspring. Already the father of seven daughters, Hajji Ahmed determines that his eighth child will be a male.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Islamic stories
Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tahar Ben Jelloun; Alan Sheridan
ISBN: 0801864402 9780801864407
OCLC Number: 43287602
Description: vi, 165 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: The man --
The Thursday gate --
The Friday gate --
The Saturday gate --
Bab El had --
The forgotten gate --
The walled-up gate --
The houseless woman --
"Construct a face as one construct a house" --
The storyteller devoured by his words --
The man with a woman's breast --
The wman with the badly shaven beared --
A night without escape --
Salem --
Amar --
Fatuma --
The blind troubadour --
The andalusian night --
The gate of the sands.
Other Titles: Enfant de sable.
Responsibility: Tahar Ben Jelloun ; translated by Alan Sheridan.
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In this lyrical, hallucinatory novel set in Morocco, Tahar Ben Jelloun offers an imaginative and radical critique of contemporary Arab social customs and Islamic law. The Sand Child tells the story of a Moroccan father's effort to thwart the consequences of Islam's inheritance laws regarding female offspring. Already the father of seven daughters, Hajji Ahmed determines that his eighth child will be a male. Accordingly, the infant, a girl, is named Mohammed Ahmed and raised as a young man with all the privileges granted exclusively to men in traditional Arab-Islamic societies. As she matures, however, Ahmed's desire to have children marks the beginning of her sexual evolution, and as a woman named Zahra, Ahmed begins to explore her true sexual identity. Drawing on the rich Arabic oral tradition, Ben Jelloun relates the extraordinary events of Ahmed's life through a professional storyteller and the listeners who have gathered in a Marrakesh market square in the 1950s to hear his tale.

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