Love and Muslim Identity: Self-Actualization Analysis in "Sofia Khan is Not Obliged"


  • Chika Fadia Putri UIN Syarif Hidayatullah
  • Intan Nur’aini UIN Syarif Hidayatullah
  • Isfira Ainy UIN Syarif Hidayatullah


This study examines the novel written by Ayisha Malik, entitled Sofia Khan is Not Obliged which aims to explore the life journey of the main character, named Sofia in achieving the concept of self-actualization. The analysis focuses on Sofia’s journey in fulfilling her love needs and the defending of her Muslim identity as a modern Muslim woman in London. The researcher uses Abraham Maslow’s concept of self-actualization to explore Sofia’s journey of love and Muslim identity. The research methodology used is a descriptive qualitative method through in-depth data analysis. The results of this study show that Sofia can be said to have achieved self-actualization, in her love journey she is able to consider according to her wishes, and her identity as a Muslim is also able to be maintained. In conclusion, through this concept we can take a picture that women are also able to make their own decisions and achieve the concept of self-actualization.


Keywords: Self-actualization; Love; Identity