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Guard your Heart Carefully

Mayy Ziyada
1922
Egypt (Original Language: Arabic)

Slowly the twilight lowered its curtain over earth,

cloud-margins bordered, patched and yoked with threads of gold and silver.

Mirrored in the bowers of sunset, tiny lake-images of ruby and pools of emerald faded,

and a gloomy morose melancholy settled …

Random Reminscences

Najm Tyabji
2001
Bombay, India (Original Language: English)

‘The Retroblog of Najm Tyabji’ [http://nstyabji.wordpress.com/]…

Village Childhood

Muhammad Radjab
1950
West Sumatra, Indonesia (Original Language: Bahasa Indonesia)

FROM: Chapter 1: A Lake Singkarak Child

Why I was born into this world, I do not know.  Why I was born in Minangkabau puzzles me even more.  These two things have surprised me very much and have bothered me …

Femme d’Afrique

Aoua Kéita
1975
Bamako, Mali (Original Language: French)

From Medical School in Dakar to the Maternity Clinic in Gao

Upon graduating from the medical school in Dakar in 1931, I found myself in Gao (northern Mali) towards the end of December. As soon as I was notified that …

A Border Passage

Leila Ahmed
1999
Cambridge, MA (Original Language: English)

Leila Ahmed, ‘A Border Passage – And Some Further Thoughts and Afterthoughts’ [http://barnard.edu/sfonline/heilbrun/ahmed_03.htm]…

Poems and Letters

Ziya Gökalp
1918
Turkey (Original Language: Turkish)

POEMS (1918)

 

Language

For us Turkish is a beautiful tongue,

Another tongue, is like night to us.

Istanbul speech is

The purest, most refined for us.

 

In language the word everyone knows

Is considered genuine

The word whose …

Nowhere in my Father’s House

Assia Djebar
2007
Algeria (Original Language: French)

‘THE RIPPED UP LETTER’

A ripped up letter: we are still in the village, during the first days of July 1952.

It is my sixteenth summer, I believe. My father’s angry face hovers over the letter written to me by …

Another Time, Another Place: Memories of a Trip to Europe

Farogh Farrokhazad
1956
Europe (Original Language: Persian)

Extracted from Words, Not Swords: Iran Women Writers and the Freedom of Movement (Syracuse University Press, 2011).

 

As I put pen to paper to jot down my recollections of the fourteen months I spent in Europe, I feel a …

With Pure Virtue’s Hand

‘A’isha Taymur
1894
Egypt (Original Language: Arabic)

With pure virtue’s hand I guard the might of my hijāb

and with faultless self-shielding, among my peers I rise

With my thoughts taking fire and my gift for sharp critique

I have brought my poet’s skills to new and …

Kashf al-Asrar [The Unveiling of Secrets]

Ruzbihan Baqli
1209
Shiraz, Iran (Original Language: Persian)

THE EARLY YEARS

  • Explaining Past Experience
  • I was fifteen years old when the beginnings of these secrets occurred in my heart. I am now fifty-five; how shall I explain to you the secrets of my unveilings, and my subtle witnessings, …