Trauma in the Novels of the Iraqi-Kuwaiti Writer, IsmāꜤīl Fahd IsmāꜤīl

  • O. Ishaq Tijani University of Dubai
Keywords: Trauma, Fiction, Iraq/Kuwait conflicts, Ismaʿil Fahd Ismaʿil

Abstract

A prolific Iraqi-Kuwaiti writer, Ismaʿil Fahd Ismaʿil (1940-) has published over thirty novels among other literary works. Though a less-studied Arabic novelist, his writings are comparable—in terms of quantity, genre, length, technique, and subject matter—to those of the Egyptians Najib Mahfuz and Tawfiq al-Hakim. This article argues that trauma is reflected not just in Ismaʿil’s fiction, but also in his own conflicted persona, his identity as an Iraqi-Kuwaiti writer. The article reads al-Ḥabl, in particular, as an autobiographical novel that portrays Ismaʿil’s personal experiences of trauma in 1960s Iraq.

Author Biography

O. Ishaq Tijani, University of Dubai

is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of General Undergraduate Curriculum Requirements, University of Dubai, UAE. He earned his BA and MA degrees from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, and PhD from the University of Edinburgh, UK. He is the author of Male Domination, Female Revolt: Race, Class, and Gender in Kuwaiti Women’s Fiction as well as articles in refereed journals and chapters in edited volumes. His research interests include women and gender in Arabic and Islamic culture, Arabian Gulf literature, Arabic and comparative literature.

Published
2018-11-13
How to Cite
Tijani, O. “Trauma in the Novels of the Iraqi-Kuwaiti Writer, IsmāꜤīl Fahd IsmāꜤīl”. Middle East - Topics & Arguments, Vol. 11, Nov. 2018, pp. 69-78, doi:10.17192/meta.2018.11.7796.
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