NOVELS BY THE CONTEMPORARY NORTH AFRICAN WRITER NEJMA
N. Y. ILYINA
Candidate of Philological Sciences Peoples ' Friendship University of Russia
N. A. KSENOFONTOVA
Candidate of Historical Sciences Institute of Africa, Russian Academy of Sciences
Nejma Keywords:, gender relations, traditions and customs of the peoples of North Africa, emancipation
Echoes of the" sexual revolution " that began in the 60s of the last century in the United States and Europe, spreading like circles on water around the world, reach the most remote corners of the East and Africa.
Every decade, the relationship between the sexes becomes acute and meaningful there, defining and reflecting the struggle of traditions and modern processes. Arab and African women of our era, following their European and American sisters, are trying to find their face (often literally, by removing the burqa and hijab as a challenge to the society that has fixed them) and express themselves in the public field. Some of them succeed: they become prominent public figures and politicians (members of congresses, governments, prime ministers, presidents of countries), famous writers and artists, scientists, fighters for a clean environment and for peace, and become laureates of the most prestigious international awards. They are already an integral part of the new elite of societies on the African continent.
However, the life of ordinary African women is not the same as that of those who managed to get an education, settle in elite urban neighborhoods, or fit into the artistic and intellectual environment of Europe and the United States.
But even in remote African villages and small towns, new trends are emerging, and women are trying to break out of the networks of traditional norms and attitudes. Bound hand and foot by age-old conventions that dictate strict rules of behavior for both sexes, both within the family and in the village community, they manage to find purely feminine means to somehow change their world and ... Читать далее