AWEJ for Translation & Literary Studies volume, 1 Number 2, May    2017                                          Pp. 77-91

Western Feminism or Return to Authentic Islam? Jordanian Women in Faqir’s Pillars of Salt and My Name is Salma

Suaad Muhammad Alqahtani

Department of English Language, College of Arts
King Khalid University, Abha, Saudi Arabia


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This paper focuses on the violence against Jordanian women through Fadia Faqir’s novels, Pillars of Salt and My Name is Salma. These novels question cultural conventions that tolerate men’s oppression and killing of women in the name of the family’s honour in most Arab countries. The analysis of the two novels illustrates how Faqir’s opposition to women’s subordination and victimisation in the name of Islam stems from her interest in going back to authentic teachings of Islam with regard to women, rather than Western feminist theories. In addition, the similarity between Orientalist misrepresentation of women’s status in Islam and patriarchal misinterpretation of the Holy Qura’n and Prophet Muhammad’s Sunnah to subordinate women is explored and examined from the postcolonial feminist critical perspective. This paper highlights feminist contribution to raising awareness about violence against women in some Arab countries through literature.

Cite as:

Alqahtani, S. M. (2017). Western Feminism or Return to Authentic Islam? Jordanian Women in Faqir’s Pillars of Salt and My Name is Salma. Arab World English Journal for Translation & Literary Studies, 1(2).


Dr. Suaad M. Alqahtani works as an assistant professor in the department of English Language
at King Khalid University, Saudi Arabia. She receives her M.A. in English literature from King
Khalid University. Her M.A. thesis is titled: Inviting the Self and the Other to “the Common
Ground”: A Feminist, Post-Colonial Reading of Selected Works by Ahdaf Soueif. She obtains
her Ph.D. in English literature from King Saud University, Saudi Arabia. The title of the
dissertation is Opposition to Hegemony: The Marginalized Women inSelected Works by Alice
Walker, Sandra Cisneros and Susan Muaddi Darraj. Her research interests include postcolonial