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Title:Shaking the Veil: Islam, Gender and Feminist Configurations in the Nigerian Novels of Hauwa Ali and Zaynab Alkali
Author:Ezenwa-Ohaeto
Year:1996
Periodical:Ufahamu
Volume:24
Issue:2-3
Period:Fall
Pages:121-138
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:women
literature
Miscellaneous (i.e. Demography, Refugees, Sports)
Religion and Witchcraft
Women's Issues
gender
About persons:Hauwa Ali (d. 1995)
Zaynab Alkali (1950-)ISNI
Abstract:Hauwa Ali and Zaynab Alkali are two writers from northern Nigeria who, in their novels, are preoccupied with the essential aspects of Islam. The present author uses Ali's novels 'Destiny' and 'Victory' and Alkali's novels 'The stillborn' (1984) and 'The virtuous woman' (1987) to demonstrate the social dimensions, gender linkages and feminist intersections emanating from novels produced in an environment portraying sociocultural aspects of life associated with the Islamic tradition. The author shows how the novelists synthesize and situate the characters within the basic gender issues in a bid to make an introspective and extrospective analysis of the self as well as an extrospective assessment of the events. Hauwa Ali and Zaynab Alkali succeed in highlighting that a subtle interrogation of tradition is perhaps more effective than a confrontational criticism of its individually exhibited patriarchal excesses. Notes, ref.
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