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The texts selected for study in this book constitute parts of Kuwaiti women's 'literature of resistance'. They collectively present a picture not only of the various forms of women's oppression, but also of their resistance to male domination in both the pre- and post-oil eras. Through the lens of these fictional texts, the book shows that, as part of a rapidly changing, global community, the Arabian Gulf region has witnessed many changes with regard to gender relations and the social status of women. Cooke mentions some of the ways through which some Arab/Muslim women in the Middle East and beyond have been connecting one another, and the implications which the revolution in information technology is having on Arab/Islamic feminist activism. By situating their texts within the socio-cultural and historical contexts in which they were produced, this book tries to reveal the type of egalitarian society that Kuwaiti women writers propose.

Keywords: Arab/Islamic feminist activism; egalitarian society; information technology; Kuwaiti women writer; literature of resistance; Miriam Cooke; post-oil era; women's oppression



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