As targets of violence, women in the Arab region continue to resist at a variety of levels, notably by producing knowledge through literature and the arts. Their works are acts of defiance, cultural and political resistance, as real-time eye-witness accounts of the on-the-ground political, social, and military situations. In this manner, they attain visibility having been largely excluded from active participation in the historical and cultural narratives of the Arab world except in emblematic modes. Their short stories, poems, and novels have created a free space to challenge traditional discourses pertaining to women. Within this terrain, they have the freedom to embrace or revise traditional discourses, to challenge the binaries of power in society, and to seek ascendency and control.
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