There is a daunting scarcity of illness narratives and even fewer fictional texts that include a disabled female heroine in Arab literary works. Disability features in various texts as a subtheme, part of the narrative but never the narrative itself. As a scholar of literature with some research experience in the field of disability studies, I have always struggled to find such works, including memoirs, that feature disabled protagonists. I was diagnosed with MS as an undergraduate student. During the period of my dissertation research, I was often disappointed and felt isolated and lonely when I could not find companion texts that spoke to me about disability from the perspective of Arab women. Born to a Palestinian mother and a Kuwaiti father, I grew up a hybrid, always occupying a space between two identities. When MS entered the...

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