Resistance Rights and Reproach in Pillars of Salt by Faqir Paper

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Resistance, Rights, and Reproach as demonstrated by Maha in Pillars of Salt by Faqir
Fadia Faqir is an Arab female writer who tries to pull-off masks painted on Arab faces in
order to show their potential to the world. She mostly writes in English. Pillars of Salt, tells a
narrative of two females Umm Saad and Maha who greatly struggle in their lives (Faqir). She
proves wrong the assertion of Arab writers that modern women in the Arab world choose to do
nothing despite the development of social thinking and existence of many opportunities. Faqir
was born in Jordan and worked in the media before migrating to the United Kingdom to finish
her MA as well as PhD. Nisanit published in 1988 was her first novel. Pillars of Salt was
released in 1996 and used traditional Bedouin folk tales to tell the stories of Umm Saad and
Maha, who barely endure the power of colonialism and patriarchy despite fighting until the end.
This paper examines the struggles of women in the Arab world from the perspective of Maha a
major character in the book. The author paints Maha as a dominant protagonist who fights for the
reproaches and resists patriarchy and colonialism.
Evidently, the literature of the Arab world largely contains verbatim expressions of
reformative and revolutionary ideas, focused on equality, liberty, and justice claimed by nations
under a single canopy referred to as the Arab World (Hunter 120). Strikingly, the themes of Arab
authors have mostly been struggles associated with economic, social, and political suppression as
a result of colonialism as well as female oppression ingrained in Arab religious interpretations

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and cultural practices. With the fundamental changes in political and social structures because of
globalization and cross-cultural interaction, the current generation of female Arab writers has
embraced the pen and paper as weapons for resistance against ignominy as well as tools to claim
women existential rights (Srinivasan 213). One of these Arab writers is Fadia Faqir. Faqir helps
Arab women who are clutched in grips of injustice, patriarchal domination, and abuse. Having
traveled in the west...

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