Gender issues are foregrounded in all of Sahar Khalifeh's novels, and The Inheritance is no exception. What sets Khalifeh apart from some other declared feminists is that in her writing, women's liberation is consistently situated
within the parameters of overall social and political development. Advancing women's status is posited as a process of making social relations more democratic in all fields, from the family and education to government. This is arguably a process that would benefit men as well as women and children.