—Numerous recent studies have examined social
subjects of Saudi novels, especially in the aftermath of the Gulf
War in 1990, identifying varying social transformations among
Saudi society as well as many relevant issues related to human
rights, the patriarchal community and women’s situation.
However, the research has still not examined the social
marginalisation of Saudi women in Saudi novels, where many
social cases have emerged in the global media during a time
when Saudi Arabia ratified the SEDAW agreement in 2000.
This paper addresses the theme of socially marginalised women
in Saudi novels regarding their right to drive and analyses two
different novels that employ different textual strategies and
literary techniques when discussing this topic.
—Saudi women, Saudi novel, women driving,
women rights and marginalisation.
Hamad Alhazza is with the University of Mnachester, Leeds, UK (e-mail:
Cite: Hamad Alhazza, " Social Marginalisation of Women in the Saudi Novel after
the Gulf War in 1990," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 5, no. 3, pp. 241-247, 2015.