From Soil to Oil: The Resistance of the Environment in the Cities of Salt

Abeer Abdulaziz AL-Sarrani


This article explores the environment’s resistance in the face of “Oil” discovery in Abdel Rahman Munif’snovel the Cities of Salt. Linking the areas of environmentalism, postcolonialism, and Oil discovery, the article claims that Oil is the colonizer which has colonized the environment. The article then shows the environment resistance which is portrayed by Munif indirectly by several episodes of personifying the environment and by the people’s nature-like responses and reactions. The article ends up with tracing the people’s cultural displacement due to the colonization of their environment.

Keywords: Environmentalism, postcolonialism, Petroleum Culture, Ecosystem, Cultural Displacement, Resistance

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