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Booth, Marilyn

Works: 53 works in 223 publications in 2 languages and 9,518 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Epistolary fiction  Domestic fiction  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Short stories  Biography 
Roles: Author, Editor, Translator
Classifications: PJ7962.A55, 892.736
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Publications about Marilyn Booth
Publications by Marilyn Booth
Most widely held works by Marilyn Booth
Girls of Riyadh by Rajāʼ ʻAbd Allāh Ṣāniʻ( Book )
17 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 1,374 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
The loved ones by ʻĀliyah Mamdūḥ( Book )
13 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 357 libraries worldwide
This winner of the Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature mingles memories of the past with the shifting voices of the present when the estranged son of an Iraqi exile flies from his home in Toronto to visit her in Paris. As his ailing mother, the once-vibrant Suhaila, lies in a hospital bed, he acquaints himself with her constellation of close friends. Immediately, he becomes immersed in the complex relationships he has fought so hard to avoid with both his mother and his war-torn homeland. Alia Mamdouh weaves a magical tale of the human condition in this stunning and beautifully written novel of faith, family, and hope
May her likes be multiplied : biography and gender politics in Egypt by Marilyn Booth( Book )
23 editions published between 2001 and 2005 in English and held by 352 libraries worldwide
Annotation 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. By 1940, hundreds of such biographies had been published, featuring Arabs, Turks, Indians, Europeans, North Americans, and ancient Greeks and Persians. Booth uses over five hundred "famous women" biographies--which include subjects as diverse as Joan of Arc, Jane Austen, Aisha bt. Abi Bakr, Sarojini Naidu, and Lucy Stone--to demonstrate how these narratives prescribed complex role models for middle-class girls, in a context where nationalist programs and emerging feminisms made defining the ideal female citizen an urgent matter. Booth begins by asking how cultural traditions shaped women's biography, and to whom the Egyptian biographies were directed. The biographies were published at a time of great culturalawakening in Egypt, when social and political institutions were in upheaval. The stories suggested that Islam could be flexible on social practice and gender, holding out the possibility for women to make their own lives. Yet ultimately they indicate that women would find it extremely difficult to escape the nationalist ideal: the nuclear family with "woman" at its center. This conflict remains central to Egyptian politics today, and in her final chapter Booth examines Islamic biographies of women's lives that have been published in more recent years
The open door by Laṭīfah Zayyāt( Book )
11 editions published between 2000 and 2003 in English and held by 350 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."--Jacket
Harem histories : envisioning places and living spaces by Marilyn Booth( Book )
10 editions published in 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 282 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
The penguin's song by Ḥasan Dāwūd( Book )
4 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 247 libraries worldwide
A family in exile from their home in old Beirut contends with claustrophobic conditions, recriminations, and unrealizable dreams of return
The tiller of waters by Hudá Barakāt( Book )
10 editions published between 2001 and 2012 in English and held by 224 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
Points of the compass : stories by Saḥar Tawfīq( Book )
4 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 219 libraries worldwide
In questioning the place of long-powerful myths and beliefs, she is in the forefront of writers examining the legacy of the Pharaohs as it permeates current Egyptian identities and practices, especially in the countryside. Her characters are shaped by journeys through modern social and economic trials and the ageless troubles of the human spirit and heart
Thieves in retirement : a novel by Ḥamdī Abū Julayyil( Book )
6 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 204 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."--Jacket
Stories by Egyptian women : my grandmother's cactus ( Book )
5 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 180 libraries worldwide
"Egyptian Women have been writing short stories since the 1890s and have made a special contribution to the development of the genre in the twentieth century. This collection presents eight short-story writers whose work began to emerge in the late 1970s and early 1980s. They are exploring new themes, linguistic and symbolic fields, and literary structures. Some are trying to break down traditional genre boundaries, while others are exploring the specifically Arabic and Egyptian heritages of narrative and tradition."--Jacket
My grandmother's cactus : stories by Egyptian women ( Book )
6 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 169 libraries worldwide
Bundel verhalen van moderne Egyptische schrijfsters over levens van vrouwen
Children of the waters by Ibtihāl Sālim( Book )
6 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 162 libraries worldwide
Leaves of narcissus by Sumayyah Ramaḍān( Book )
14 editions published between 2002 and 2007 in English and held by 158 libraries worldwide
Roman om en ung pige, der tager til Irland for at studere
Girls of Riyadh by Rajāʼ ʻAbd Allāh Ṣāniʻ( Sound Recording )
6 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 146 libraries worldwide
In Sauda Arabia four girls from middle-class families find romance despite societies restrictions with determination, cell phones, and the internet
Classes of ladies of cloistered spaces : writing feminist history through biography in fin-de-siècle Egypt by Marilyn Booth( Book )
8 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 105 libraries worldwide
Zaynab Fawwaz (c.1860-1914) was a forceful voice in support of women's rights to education and work choices in colonial-era Egypt. This book explores the writing and influence of her landmark piece al-Durr al-manthur fi tabaqat rabbat al-khudur the first Arabic-language global biographical dictionary of women
As though she were sleeping by Ilyās Khūrī( Book )
4 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 93 libraries worldwide
Milia's response to her new husband Mansour and to the Middle East of 1947 is to close her eyes and drift into parallel worlds where identities shift, where she can converse with the dead and foresee the future. As the novel progresses, Milia's dreams become more navigable than the strange and obstinate "reality" in which she finds herself, and the two worlds grow ever more entangled
Bayram al-Tunisi's Egypt : social criticism and narrative strategies by Marilyn Booth( Book )
10 editions published in 1990 in English and Arabic and held by 92 libraries worldwide
Women and Islamic cultures : disciplinary paradigms and approaches, 2003-2013 by Bahar Davary( Book )
6 editions published in 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 89 libraries worldwide
This volume unpacks the representations, motivations, agendas, and projects by focusing on the advances in scholarly research on women and Islamic cultures in the first decade of the 21st century
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Alternative Names
Booth Marilyn 1955-....
Booth, Marilyn L. 1955-
Booth, Marilyn Louise.
Booth, Marilyn Louise 1955-
Marilyn Booth British writer
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