Representations of the Headscarf in post-September 11 Muslim Women’s Fiction

Sirwan Ali

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

838 Downloads (Pure)


This thesis argues that the Muslim woman's headscarf acts as crucial marker in post-September 11 literary works by Muslim women living in western societies. Mohja Kahf's The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf (2006), Shaylene Haswarey's The Hijabi Club (2011) and Elif Shafak's Three Daughters of Eve (2016) all feature protagonists embedded in Muslim women's cultural practices and Islamic teachings. This thesis argues that each text constitutes an act of resistance and creative self-discovery. Moreover, each texts offers a challenge to both traditional patriarchal cultural values and western Islamophobic discourses.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
  • Hughes-D'Aeth, Tony, Supervisor
  • Dalziell, Tanya, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date21 Jun 2021
Publication statusUnpublished - 2020


Dive into the research topics of 'Representations of the Headscarf in post-September 11 Muslim Women’s Fiction'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this