AWEJ for Translation & Literary Studies, Volume 7, Number 1. February  2023                         Pp.187-194

Metropolitan Hybrid Identity in Nadia Hashimi’s A House Without Windows

English Language Unit, The Applied College
Umm Al-Qura University, Makkah, Saudi Arabia


The present article seeks to investigate the effect of colonial domination on Afghan society by analyzing Yusuf’s character in Nadia Hashimi’s A House Without Windows (2016). By theoretically framing the paper at Orientalism, the paper scrutinizes Hashimi’s approach to exemplify the concept of metropolitan hybridity through mimicry and Othering; how Yusuf internalizes the value of the colonizer and believes in the inferiority of his own culture. The paper analyses how Yusuf represents a colonialist ideology that reinforces the binary opposition of the West and East, a hybrid Afghan and the native Afghan. This article engages with debates around Orientalism and the construction of Western power that schematizes the inferiority of the East. It questions the strategies that are used to represent Yusuf as a hybrid Afghan, the strategies that help to produce an Orientalist discourse. The article signifies Yusuf’s imitation as a double articulation strategy: mimicking the Occident while disavowing and Other the native Afghans.

Cite as:

Alebrahim, M. K. (2023). Metropolitan Hybrid Identity in Nadia Hashimi’s A House Without Windows. Arab World English
Journal for Translation & Literary Studies
7 (1).
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awejtls/vol7no1.14


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Mona Khaled Alebrahim is a lecturer of English at Umm Al-Qura University. She recieved her MA from King Abdulaziz University in 2019. Ms. Alebrahim has an interest in mulsticulturalism in colonial and postcolonial context in Anglophone Middle Eastern literature, with a particular intestest in the representation of women in this region. ORCID ID https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8562-8280