Biblical women were among or perhaps the most
controversial that even their Egyptian, Jewish or Arab’s
names meant bitterness, fugitive.
Pakistani writer Thamina Durrani, author of the book,
‘My Feudal Lord’, said in an interview that a symbol
was chosen to represent the commitment of the Islamic
Muslim women to emerge from a state of dependency and
But not only Muslim women.
Agar was a woman, who, according to the customs at
that time, was in a critical position to discuss about the
privileges of both men and women that could have offered
an opportunity for refl ection on the status of women.
But who was Agar?
According to the Bible, Abraham who was the chief of
the people of Ibrihim, bought servants during his stay in
Egypt. Agar was one of them.
(The sons of Abraham became refugees in Egypt during
The fi rst question was: could a person belonging to the
people become a dominant slave to a person that belonged
to the people and dominated host?
Among the many legends that arose around this fi gure
(no traces either before or after these events were found)
was that Agar fell in love with Be, the Pharaoh’s daughter.
Be was a Babylonian girl who had refi ned tastes. She was