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Investigating the Issue of Ideological Conflicts in Uzma Aslam Khan’s The Geometry of God (2008)

Yaseen Piyar Ali,

University of Sindh, Pakistan

This research paper aims to investigate the issue of ideological conflicts in Uzma Aslam Khan’s The Geometry of God in context with Zia’s Islamization and means of legalization, legitimization and incorporation of Islamic ideology through the Party of Creation against scientific enlightenment. The paper intends to evaluate the characters, Amal, Mehwish, and Noman who face challenges from patriarchal family and society, and the conflicts of the orthodox religious rigidity and narrow minded approach of the Party of Creation in clash with scientific knowledge. Non-empirical method of Textual Analysis and Close Reading method are used to study the novel under Eagleton’s (1991) ideological perspective in order to explore the way dominant group’s ideology works to retain the power of legitimization of its orthodox ideology by promoting beliefs and vested interests upon marginal group in the society. The paper also aspires to analyze the novel from Tyson’s (2006) feminist perspective which would help to study the struggle of Amal and Mehwish in a patriarchal society. This paper would unfold the strategies and policies depicted in the novel to exploit the social and religious institutes for legitimizing the ideology of Islamization and liberation of young generation from the influence of Science and western life style. The paper also intends to uncover the way character of Noman goes through transformation from an obedient and passive boy to a man who gives meaning to his life by following his passion. The paper would be fruitful to understand the issue of ideological conflicts depicted in the selected work.

The above abstract is a part of the article which was accepted at The Fourth Annual International Conference on Languages, Linguistics, Translation and Literature (WWW.LLLD.IR), 1-2 February 2020, Iran-Ahwaz.