Mariama Ba’s So Long a Letter
A look at the effects of Islam on women from one woman’s perspective.
This paper presents a critical analysis Mariama Ba’s “So Long a Letter” and how it depicts the effects of Islam on women.
Life is a constant battle for many; marriage, children, religion, illness, and death are everyday hassles for most individuals. However, women often find these challenges to be particularly difficult due to the continuing oppression from society as a whole. The oppression of women occurs through a variety of channels, including religious faith. Mariama Ba’s So Long a Letter details an African woman’s struggle to regain her life following a heartbreaking sequence of events, primarily related to the effects of her religious faith.