Title: Challenging Orientalism in Matar's In the Country of Men: An Analysis of Discursive Practices
Author(s): Ramesh Prasad Adhikary, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of English, Tribhuvan University, Nepalgunj, Nepal

Publication Information
Journal Title: Palimpsest - East Delta University Journal of English Studies
Volume No: 03, Issue No: 01, Year: 2024, Pages: 14-23
Publisher: Department of English, East Delta University, Chattogram, Bangladesh
Type of Publication: Research Article
Received: 25 March 2023, Accepted: 06 June 2023, Published: 11 February 2024
DOI: https://doi.org/10.46603/pedujes.v3i1.2 
The representation of non-western countries, particularly Arab nations, as lands of fantasy and violence is a common discourse perpetuated by the West through Orientalism. This research aims to challenge this narrative by exploring the positive qualities of the Arab world depicted in Matar's novel, In the Country of Men. The study analyses the novel, which describes the life of the protagonist, Suleiman, in Tripoli, Libya. The research examines the religious and sacred culture in which Suleiman lives, as well as his successful family and parental care. It explores Suleiman's attempts to define his world and develop plans for his future. The study shows that the novel challenges stereotypes inflicted against the Arab by the West through the depiction of the positive aspects of Arab culture and society. It highlights the equality and potential for success that exist within Arab communities, countering the negative discourse of Orientalism. Matar's novel offers a nuanced perspective on the Arab world that challenges the dominant discourse of Orientalism perpetuated by the West. The study underscores the importance of recognizing and valuing diverse cultures and perspectives, rather than perpetuating harmful stereotypes.
orientalism, Arab culture, stereotypes, equality, nuanced perspective 
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