In her article "Feminism in the Works of Fawziyya Abū Khālid" Muneerah Badr Almahasheer examines how the Saudi poet Fawziyya Abū Khālid (1955–present) addresses feminism in her poems. Although distinct, Islam is frequently conflated with Arabic culture; consequently, women's role in Islam is commonly misunderstood. Therefore, following Western feminists, Muslim feminists have called for readings and understandings of the Qur'an, wherein the authority of the historically patriarchal interpretations is not assumed, and the sanctity of the text is valued. Through this lens, Abū Khālid's poems critically interrogate Arabic Muslim identity, particularly with regard to gender. A selected reading of Abū Khālid's works clarifies the division between patriarchal Arabic tribal culture and Muslim identity; she focuses on the possibilities of female oriented society and limitations of the existing culture. Abū Khālid is one of the most prominent Saudi figures addressing issues of Arabic culture, Islam, and gender, and their intersections.
Almahasheer, Muneerah Badr
"Feminism in the Works of Fawziyya Abū Khālid."
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