Feminism and Feminine Writings in United Arab Emirates: Reflection on the Philosophy and Writings of Mariam Al Ghafli

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Women`s writing or in a border sense literary works written and produced by women is one of the central issues in women`s and gender studies. This stems from the fact that the male literary canon did not only dominate the literary landscapes for centuries, but rather women`s voices were muffled and compelled to write under male pseudonyms such as the case of George Eliot who used to write using a male persona. Hence, the creation of a purely female literary works had figured and still figuring at the heart of women`s studies and feminism in general. More specifically, Feminism and Feminine Writing in United Arab Emirates: Reflection on the Philosophy and Writings of Mariam Al Ghafli is an attempt to shed light on Emirati women`s writing in relation to the concept of feminine writing and more general feminists thought in the Arab world.

 

More significantly Feminism and Feminine Writing in United Arab Emirates: Reflection on the Philosophy and Writings of Mariam Al Ghafli will bring into discussion one of the most prominent Emirati female writers who has written very extensively on feminism and women`s issue in the Arab world and in the UAE in particular. In Mariam Al Ghalfi writings, the readers have been exposed to the most recurrent feminist issues in the Arab world such as the features of the female self-pent. Ghafli tried to divulge the hidden, the unsaid and the concealed when it comes women in the Arab world. Additionally, Al Ghalfi has proposed many solutions to topple down the main stream negative views—which can be seen as her philosophy or contribution to the feminists` thought—that are prevalent in the Arab world.

 

This study will address the following questions: how did Al Ghafli discuss women`s contemporary issues in the Arab world? Is her writing different from male literary canon in terms of tone, style.etc? Did Al Ghafli produce literature of her own? Is her writing a counter argument to the male literary canon?  What is her contribution or philosophy when it comes to Arab women`s feminist thought?


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