Miral Al-Tahawy

Miral al-Tahawy

Miral al-Tahawy, born in 1968 in Egypt’s Sharqia Governorate, gained fame for novels and short stories. Raised in a traditional Bedouin family, she defied constraints by pursuing education. She earned an Arabic language degree from Zagazig University, then moved to Cairo for further studies at the University of Cairo, obtaining both Master’s and Doctorate degrees.

Her literary journey began with a 1995 collection of short stories, “The Exceptional Steppe Antelope,” followed by her 1996 debut novel, “The Tent.” Subsequent novels, including “The Blue Aubergine” and “The Gazelle’s Tracks,” added to her literary acclaim. She defied family wishes to relocate to Cairo, broadening her horizons. Celebrated for her works, al-Tahawy explores the lives of women in traditional societies, drawing from her upbringing.

Miral al-Tahawy is Exploration of Tradition, Independence, and Womanhood in Literature

In 2007, she moved to the U.S., joining Appalachian State University as an assistant professor. She currently serves as an assistant professor at Arizona State University.

Her novel “Brooklyn Heights,” published in 2010, achieved critical acclaim, earning her the Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Arabic Literature. This novel, alongside her other works such as “Woman of Insomnia” (2012) and “Days of Bright Sun” (2022), reflect her experiences and observations as a woman transitioning from a traditional Bedouin life to a modern, independent lifestyle.

Al-Tahawy’s writing is characterized by its exploration of the lives of women within the confines of traditional societies, often drawing from her own experiences of growing up in a conservative Bedouin family and her subsequent journey towards independence and self-expression. Tahawy’s work narrates personal stories and explores cultural and societal changes in Egypt and the Arab world. Through novels and short stories, she becomes a significant voice, offering insights into traditional and modern identities.

Books Written by Miral Al-Tahawy