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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 her husband, American archaeologist Indiana Jones, and his associate Marion Ravenwood, into their home whilst they were searching for the Ark of the Covenant at nearby Tanis.


Fayah was an Egyptian woman who resided in Cairo, the country's capital.[1] By around the mid-1920s,[2] Fayah had met and married Sallah Mohammed Faisel el-Kahir, a local excavator, and the pair had several children together, including Moshti and Jasmine. The two decided to stop at nine children by 1936[3] (though Sallah would later claim to have sired fourteen sons).[4]

Fayah noticing the monkey

Fayah noticing the Capuchin monkey in her home.

Fayah and her family were visited at their home in Cairo by Sallah's good friend, Indiana Jones, and bar owner Marion Ravenwood in 1936, around the time that Sallah and many other local diggers had been brought onto the Nazi excavation of the Ark of the Covenant at Tanis. When a Capuchin monkey made her way into the house, Fayah allowed the animal to stay after Ravenwood mentioned that she liked it.[1]

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Fayah was portrayed by Souad Messaoudi in Raiders of the Lost Ark, her sole acting credit.[1]

The character's full name is unclear, as Arab women do not generally take their husband's last name.[5]



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