Date of Award

7-1987

Degree Type

Dissertation

University or Center

Atlanta University (AU)

School

School of Arts and Sciences

Degree Name

Ph.D.

Department

English

First Advisor

Dr. David F. Dorsey, Jr.

Abstract

The focal point of this study is the social status and the political status of women in Somalia as depicted in the novels of Nuruddin Farah (1945- ). Based on their roles in the novels, the female characters are classified as the traditional Somali woman who symbolizes what is now the status of women in Somalia; the, transitional Somali. woman who symbolizes what is becoming the status of women in Somalia; the liberated modern Somali woman who symbolizes what should be the status of women in Somalia; and the modern Western woman who, because of her Western values and liaisons with Somali males, serves as a contrast to the Somali woman in every classification. The study contends that changes in the status of women in Somalia are related to changing forces in Somali religion, politics and economics, while showing that Farah is justly called a feminist because of his sympathetic treatment of issues raised in African feminism, such as female genital mutilation, forced polygamous marriage, oppression of barren women, and “muledom."

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