Discarding Pakistani Women’s Stereotypes in Kamila Shamsie’s Home Fire

Abstract, introduction, literature review, hypothesis, research question, discussion, conclusion


  • Azim Ullah Ullah Hazara University, Mansehra
  • First name Qurtuba University Science and Technology, Peshawar Campus


Marginalizing and depriving Pakistani women in socio-political structure pose decadence in society. Whereas, leveraging them significantly accelerates innovations and transformation in micro- and macro-structures of state. Modernity demands women’s liberty and empowerment of women. Pakistani women need deviation from conservative notions and political perceptions limiting their acts in society. Tunnel-channel views and stereotypes construct hindrances for women in society and politics. This paper examines Kamila Shamsie’s Home Fire, scrutinizing women’s eccentricity and resistance against stereotypical generalizations and religious restrictions during the last crucial decades of 2010s, and 2020s, in Pakistan. Contending that women are progressive during the above-mentioned decades; have reacted against the socio-politically imposed stereotypes through male-chauvinistic dominance and oppressive patriarchal structures. The paper attempts how Home Fire highlights women’s digression, and depicting the role of modern Pakistani women whose actions contradict with the typical representation of them. The paper further explores how Shamsie’s female characters lead their promiscuous associations, confronting the weaponization of religious groups, gender and racial stereotypes. Thereby, epitomizing the revolutionary characters of modern Pakistani women breaking with all precedents of marginalization and deprivation in the novel. 

Keywords: Associations, Dominance, Male-chauvinistic, Patriarchal promiscuous, Revolutionary role, Structures,Traditional role, Weaponization 

Author Biography

First name, Qurtuba University Science and Technology, Peshawar Campus

Dr. Samina Rahat is the co-author.