Who is Alifa Rifaat? Google Doodle pays tribute to Egyptian author

The writer is honoured on what would have been her 91st birthday

Egyptian author Alifa Rifaat is today's Google Doodle, honouring her on what would have been her 91st birthday. Courtesy Google
Egyptian author Alifa Rifaat is today's Google Doodle, honouring her on what would have been her 91st birthday. Courtesy Google

Egyptian author Alifa Rifaat was honoured as today's Google Doodle, on what would have been her 91st birthday on June 5.

The writer was born Fatimah Rifaat, but known by her pen name Alifa Rifaat, in Cairo, in 1930. She died in the Egyptian capital on January 1, 1996, aged 65.

She left behind three sons and a body of more than 100 works that have been translated into several languages.

She was known for her feminist writing; Distant View of a Minaret, Bahiyya’s Eyes and My World of the Unknown are three of her best-known works. In her early career, her writing focused mainly on romance, but the theme shifted to social critique in her later career.

Alifa Rifaat. Wikimedia Commons
Alifa Rifaat. Wikimedia Commons

The Google Doodle is being shown on the search engine's homepage in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman and the UAE.

Rifaat wrote her first short story at the age of 9, and, at the time, her older sister reprimanded her for her writing.

At the beginning of her career, from 1955 to 1960, Rifaat wrote her stories under a pseudonym. However, her husband did not approve of her work, and she stopped releasing anything for more than a decade.

Then in 1983, she published a collection of 15 short stories, Distant View of Minaret.

In 1984, the Modern Literature Assembly honoured Rifaat with the Excellency Award.

Updated: June 6, 2021 12:10 PM

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