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Fayah was the wife of Sallah Mohammed Faisel el-Kahir and mother of their nine children, including Moshti and Jasmine, who resided with Sallah at their home in Cairo, Egypt. Much like her husband, she was a large, loud and extremely friendly person. In 1936, Fayah and Sallah both welcomed an old friend of the latter’s, American archaeologist Indiana Jones, and his associate Marion Ravenwood, into their home whilst they were searching in Egypt heading to Tanis for their search for the Ark of the Covenant.

Biography Edit

Early life Edit

Fayah was an Arabic woman residing in Cairo, Egypt. Sometime between 1925 and 1933, Fayah met and married Sallah Mohammed Faisel el-Kahir, and the pair had nine[1][2][3] children, including Moshti and Jasmine, and shared a home in Cairo with their family. The two decided to stop at nine children[3], though Sallah later claimed to have had fourteen.[4]

Sallah and Indiana Jones Edit

In 1934, Fayah’s home in Cairo provided a sanctuary for a friend of Sallah, American archaeologist Indiana Jones, and the Maskelyne family on their way to the Great Sphinx.[5]

Fayah noticing the monkey

Fayah noticing the Capuchin monkey in her home.

Fayah and her family were visited at their home in Cairo by Indiana Jones and bar owner Marion Ravenwood in 1936, around the time of Sallah’s being hired by a Nazi party digging for the Ark of the Covenant at Tanis along with many other excavators. When a Capuchin monkey made her way into the house, Fayah allowed the animal to stay after Ravenwood mentioned that she liked the animal.[6]

Behind the scenes Edit

Fayah was portrayed by Souad Messaoudi in Raiders of the Lost Ark, her sole acting credit.

Fayah's full name is not known, as Arab women do not generally take their husband's last name.[7]

Appearances Edit

Sources Edit

Notes and references Edit

  1. While the Raiders novel numbers Sallah's children at nine, in the Marvel comics, Sallah claims to have "sired fourteen sons." Though the statement may simply be exaggeration on Sallah's part, the novel makes it clear that he and Fayah decided to stop at nine.
  2. Raiders of the Lost Ark Sourcebook
  3. 3.0 3.1 Raiders of the Lost Ark novel
  4. The Gold Goddess: Xomec's Raiders
  5. Indiana Jones and the Secret of the Sphinx
  6. Raiders of the Lost Ark
  7. Notzon & Nesom's "The Arabic Naming System"