Google Doodle celebrates 91st birthday of late Egyptian feminist author

TODAY Google Doodle is celebrating what would be Alifa Rifaat’s 91st birthday.

The Egyptian author, real name Fatimah Rifaat, is renowned for her short stories dealing with feminism.


Google Doodle paid tribute to the Egyptian author on his birthday

Who was Alifa Rifaat?

Alifa Rifaat was an Egyptian feminist author.

She wrote short stories that took a close look at female relationships and sexuality.

Her work challenged the way women were viewed in society, especially in Egypt.

She was born on June 5, 1930 in Cairo.

Her father was an architect and her mother a housewife.

She wrote under the name Alifa Rifaat to avoid embarrassing her family with her stories.

At the age of nine, Rifaat wrote his first short story.

Her sister did not approve, but she continued to pursue her dreams of becoming an established writer.

Her hard work paid off and she attended Cairo University to take an English course.

Even her own husband didn’t approve of her writing stories – and prevented her from publishing them for over 10 years.

In the early 1970s, she began to write again and released her next collection in 1983.

It was called the “distant view of the minaret”.

A year later, she received an Award of Excellence from the Modern Literature Assembly.

By this time, she had published over 100 works.

When did Alifa Rifaat die?

The legendary writer died on January 1, 1996 at the age of 65.

She left behind her three sons.

Google Doodle chose to celebrate his life and accomplishments on his birthday.

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