Towards a Feminist Debate of Religion-Related Violence in Mohja Kahf’s The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf


  • Mohammad Salem AlMostafa Al al-Bayt University



Arab (American) Feminism, Masculine Islam, Fundementalism, Structural Violence, segregation, Muslim Women


This article aims at exploring Kahf’s feminist and intellectual critical position of masculine Islam, fundamentalist Islam, and their agencies that operate within Arab and Arab American societies to engender physical and structural violence against women, and hinder a harmonious relationship between Muslim and non-Muslim people, as reflected in The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf. My arguments regarding Kahf’s communication of these forms of Islam will be developed in light of Arab (Muslim) feminists such as Leila Ahmad, Fatima Mernessi, Mai Ghoussoub, among others. Said’s views, in Covering Islam, about Islam in Western consciousness, together with liberal Muslim scholars, such as John Eposito and Amber Hague, will be also consulted in my analysis.

Author Biography

Mohammad Salem AlMostafa, Al al-Bayt University

Assistant Professor of English Literature at Al al-Bayt University, Jordan. Doctorate in English Literature & Criticism (Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA) in 2012. Six published articles on Shakespeare’s King Henry V, John Keats & Malik Ibn Ar.Rayb, Arundhati, Ishiguro, Renaissance Arab and British poets, & Feminist Politics of Location, El Guindi, and Shamieh. Research interests: Postcolonial/Feminist theory, Renaissance drama, English/Arabic poetry & Arab American literature.


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