The study explores the crisis of a woman’s selfhood in Abdul Aziz Al Mesheri’s novel Saliha. In this male-authored text, the woman protagonist is portrayed as putting herself first and caring for her welfare in her quest for identity and independence. She is economically devalued and socially marginalized, not just because of her sex and gender but also because she does not have an independent source of prosperity. She lives in a society with few opportunities to earn an income. She struggles to survive physically and psychologically in cultures that consider women inferior to men. Furthermore, she has an even greater struggle to be accepted as an equal by men and by other persons who share her social status. As a member of the oppressed class, she is confronted with a culture that does not generally reflect or acknowledge her experiences. Henceforth, the purpose of this paper is to explore the concept of feminism from the philosophy of existentialism through the women characters in the novel Saliha. The protagonist, Saliha, can likewise be analyzed from the perspective of existential feminism.

Author Biography

Hazamah Ali AI-Harshan is an associate professor of English Literature at Tabuk University in Saudi Arabia. In 2002, she received a master’s degree in English literature, and in 2010, a doctorate in English literature from Dammam University. She has served as Vice Dean of Graduate Studies at the University of Tabuk. She currently serves as the Vice Dean of Tabuk Language Institute at the University of Tabuk. She also delivered substantial contributions in leadership, teaching, and management. AI-Harshan is interested in women’s literary studies and comparative literature. She can be reached at halhrshan@ut.edu.sa