Mariama Ba's So Long a Letter

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While women in western countries have traveled halfway in the journey towards freedom, women in Africa are still searching for the way. There are many factors that make it easier for one group than the other. Culture, customs and religion are among others at the foreground of those factors. The general assumption is that one of the main obstacles to progress for women, regardless of where they come from, is the pervasive belief that they …

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…and inclusion, struggle and harmony within the process of accelerating change, and the perspectives offered by Ba reflect not only the problems for women in creating an Islamic identity in Senegal, but in remaining autonomous external from societal expectations. It is evident that the language utilized to demonstrate the conflicts can also be used to devise a means of recognizing and relating to the different views on women presented within Ba's So Long a Letter.