Woman in Islam: A Stereotyped Westernized Imagee in Nawal Al Saadawi's "Woman at Point Zero."

by Abulaila, Ahlam Attyya

Abstract (Summary)
The purpose of this thesis is to review the positions of women in Islam in light of the primary sources of faith, The Quran and Prophet Muhammads Sunnah, and hence, contributes to a better understanding of the highly stereotyped and Westernized image of Muslim woman as exemplified in the literary work of the Egyptian writer, Nawal Al Saadawi. The thesis focuses on how Nawal Al Saadawi, through her novel Woman at Point Zero, believes, as the Western world, feminists and readers do, that Islam has degraded the social status of women. She enforces the image of Muslim women as an oppressed, silent, victim of her religion. In doing so, she collaborates with the West and its image of the inferior status of Muslim/Arab women and the violence of patriarchal Muslim societies, strengthens the colonial, orientalist discourse and thus ends up being perceived in the Muslim and Arab societies as an agent of Westernization.
Bibliographical Information:

Advisor:Kathleen Kane

School:The University of Montana

School Location:USA - Montana

Source Type:Master's Thesis



Date of Publication:08/07/2008

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