forbidden to the female followers of Mahomet
This is the strongest feminist statement in a novel that seems
obsessed with masculine perspectives. Yet, embedded in the core
narrative, it may in some sense be intended to radiate out
through the other narrative lines, informing other episodes of
the novel with the ambitions of a liberated woman.
See Mary Wollstonecraft, Vindication, 2.2 and note.
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