Linguistics and Literature Studies Vol. 3(5), pp. 194 - 202
DOI: 10.13189/lls.2015.030502
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Disrupting the Desert Scene: The Impact of Oil Discovery in Abdelrahman Munif's Cities of Salt


Mohammed Albalawi *
Ministry of Education, Kent State University, Saudi Arabia

ABSTRACT

The Arabic magnum opus Cities of Salt (1984) explores the struggle of Arabs in an unnamed Gulf emirate following the discovery of oil. The picture of Arabs living a harsh life in an oil-producing country may strike some people. Therefore, this paper attempts to establish a new perception by examining the novel and shows the far-reaching impact of oil discovery on the physical and human scene. Furthermore, this paper discusses the American-Arabs encounter displayed in Cities of Salt, which is an important one because it is a cultural confrontation rather than a political one. Because the novel is a quintet—almost 2500 pages spanning over seven decades, this paper looks at excerpts from the first volume that fit more appropriately this paper argument.

KEYWORDS
Oil Discovery, Arabic Literature, Desert, Cultural Confrontation, Arab, American

Cite This Paper in IEEE or APA Citation Styles
(a). IEEE Format:
[1] Mohammed Albalawi , "Disrupting the Desert Scene: The Impact of Oil Discovery in Abdelrahman Munif's Cities of Salt," Linguistics and Literature Studies, Vol. 3, No. 5, pp. 194 - 202, 2015. DOI: 10.13189/lls.2015.030502.

(b). APA Format:
Mohammed Albalawi (2015). Disrupting the Desert Scene: The Impact of Oil Discovery in Abdelrahman Munif's Cities of Salt. Linguistics and Literature Studies, 3(5), 194 - 202. DOI: 10.13189/lls.2015.030502.