Orientalism and the Iconography of the Veil in Mohja Kahf’s the Girl in the Tangerine Scarf (2006)

Author: Hanaà Berrezoug

Keywords: orientalism, veil, mohja kahf, islam, USA, The Girl in the Tagerine Scarf


Mohja Kahf’s novel The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf (2006) tells the story of Khadra Shamy: an Arab-American Muslim woman’s journey of self discovery. This article is devoted to highlighting the experience of Arab Muslim American women in The United States. The main issue that is raised here is how the Islamic veiling practice constitutes an impairing barrier to Muslim American women who are “otherized” and exiled from their native lands to the USA, and then ostracized in the USA, on account of their religious adherence. This article also seeks to shed light on how disillusioned these women are after coming to the United States, for them a land of liberty a priori. Their disillusionment is nurtured by the intensified Islamophobia and the historically-sedimented burdens that Islam has come to carry in the West.