You may write on any of the authors from our syllabus (or you can make a case for writing about an author you feel should have been included in the syllabus), but you ARE NOT restricted to the assigned readings.
Be sure that you use all the elements of strong writing. Your paper should be focused, insightful, supported by at least FIVE outside scholarly sources (in addition to the primary text(s) you discuss), and it should be grammatically correct. You should analyze, evaluate, and synthesize the material you find in your sources, incorporating your own ideas with that of the your research. You want to be sure, however, that it is YOUR voice that remains strong in your paper, and that your sources simply support your discussion, providing evidence that what you assert is true or has merit. Sources also provide concrete examples for concepts you mean to discuss. Your paper should NEVER be a clever cut and paste of various sources. As well, don’t try to write everything there is to know about your subject. Instead, after reading a few scholarly articles, try to choose a particular angle of discussion for your paper. An example taken from British Literature might be: English politics in Gulliver’s Travels or John Donne and the theology of redemption in his later poems.
HINT: Writing a scholarly essay means entering an ongoing “conversation” about a particular subject. In this case, you intend to discuss a particular Middle Eastern writer and/or work. So, it is necessary that you discover what “voices” are already a part of that discussion and that you interact with those voices in your paper. This means you will read many more sources than you will use in your paper, as you try to determine which “voices” should be listened to (which sources are legitimate sources of research—this is especially important if you use internet sources).
All written submissions should be submitted in a font and page set-up that is readable and neat. It is recommended that students try to adhere to a consistent format, which is described below.
- Typewritten in double-spaced format with a readable style and font and submitted inside the electronic classroom (unless classroom access is not possible and other arrangements have been approved by the professor).
- Arial 11 or 12-point font or Times New Roman styles.
- Page margins Top, Bottom, Left Side and Right Side = 1 inch, with reasonable accommodation being made for special situations and online submission variances.
- Indent paragraphs
- Double space (it is not necessary to skip an extra line between paragraphs)
- Number your pages in the upper right corner
- Use MLA documentation
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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
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...