Ahdaf Soueif: The Map of Love

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  • Anastasia Valassopoulos (University of Manchester)

Ahdaf Soueif’s The Map of Love (1999) has been discussed and analysed in many different, exciting and often surprising ways. The novel sought to bring to life a particularly volatile moment in Egyptian and Arab history and to interweave this with contemporary debates that circulate in the Middle East; as a result, it is grand in its ambition, and successfully tackles a wide range of social and political issues. Among these are the dynamic position of women in political activism; the role of education and representation; egalitarianism across class and gender; and cross-cultural understanding. The novel also highlights broader, more insidious themes, such as sexism, bigotry, racism and ignorance. It has been considered as a f…

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Valassopoulos, Anastasia. "The Map of Love". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 January 2014
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=30181, accessed 27 November 2015.]

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  1. Middle Eastern Literatures& Cultures