The Muslims’ Identity in American Society Through Ayad Akhtar’s Play «The Who and the What»
English Language, Literature & Culture
Volume 3, Issue 1, January 2018, Pages: 14-19
Received: Dec. 4, 2017; Accepted: Jan. 2, 2018; Published: Feb. 24, 2018
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Houaria Chaal, Department of English, Hassiba Ben Bouali University, Chlef, Algeria
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The present research aims to point out the clash between the religious and social aspects of Muslim’s life in Ayad Akhtar’s debatable play «The Who and the What», in which the author attempts to stir matter of Muslim Immigrants’ identity, through an impetuous young Muslim woman, Zarina, who tries to break out all the barrier of her traditional society and heritages which bound her to realize what she wants to do; as a result, she lives in a conflict with her family. However, she was controlled by her rigid father, Afzel, who embodies the old generation. Therefore, Ayad Akhtar intends to depict the tension between the conservative traditional life and modern contemporary American one, exploring the interfaith conflicts. And in order to analyze the novel elements, the study adopts the cultural approach.
Ayad Akhtar, American Society, Clash, Muslims, Religious Identity, Play
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Houaria Chaal, The Muslims’ Identity in American Society Through Ayad Akhtar’s Play «The Who and the What», English Language, Literature & Culture. Vol. 3, No. 1, 2018, pp. 14-19. doi: 10.11648/j.ellc.20180301.13
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