Arabic 2350: Myth in Arabic Literature with Professor Pamela Klasova

Blocked by James!” LeBron James’s Heroic Arc

Heroes and antiheroes play a prominent role in Arabic literature. From the writings of Antarah ibn Shaddad and Al-Harriri to Mahmoud Darwish, the figure of the hero looms large. Reading literature in translation, much less pre-modern literature, can feel like… Continue Reading →

Arabian Nights: Women in Power and Cross – Cultural Attitudes

The One Thousand and One Night also known as The Arabian Nights is collection of folklore stories that have been used to lay the foundation of many stereotypes towards the Middle East. When Westerners talk about this collection one of… Continue Reading →

Women and Power

Women and Position of Power There are not many portrayal of women main characters in works of literature. The main character is always the man, who comes to the rescue of the fragile woman saving her from the villain. All… Continue Reading →

The Commodification and Confinement of Women as Reflected in One Thousand and One Nights

The Thousand and One Nights, is a collection of Middle Eastern folk tales published together during the Islamic Golden Age. The stories are structured around one central tale, about a powerful king named Shahryār. Prior to a visit with his… Continue Reading →

God and Poetry: Which is True Spirituality?

Mountain view of the original Our Lady of La Salette shrine in the mountains near Grenoble, France. God and poetry ~ Which is the highest form of spirituality?      To be a Catholic priest in Western culture is a… Continue Reading →

Hamilton and Buluqiya in the Quest for Immortality

What could the Tale of Buluqiya and Hamilton: An American Musical possibly have in common? On the surface, the modern musical and the fictitious tale from One Thousand and One Nights seem to have nothing alike, but a deeper analysis… Continue Reading →

Experiences in Germany through the Lens of an American, Ibn Fadlan Style

My recent trips back to Germany has made me question some of the cultural and social norms that I was raised with growing up in the U.S. In order to best illustrate the culture shock of visiting a different country,… Continue Reading →

Unmasking the Depictions of Harlots, Whores, Sinners and “Middle Eastern” Women

According to a prominent scholar of orientalism, Edward Said, orientalism is a way of coming to terms with the Orient (East) which helps define Europe with a contrasting image. Said defines orientalism as “a style of thought based on an… Continue Reading →

Dangerous Women: Gender Themes in One Thousand and One Nights and the Odyssey

Many lines of comparison could be drawn between One Thousand and One Nights and the Odyssey: their reliance on myth, their origins as oral storytelling, their fantastical cast of characters. However, the common thread of gender is perhaps one of… Continue Reading →

My Experience with Race Through the Prose of Antarah Ibn Shaddad

This is the Kabba. Located in Mecca it is believed to house one of Antarah’s poems Antarah ibn shaddad was a pre-Islamic poet whose mother was an Ethiopian slave and father was of the ancient Arab tribe the Banu Abs…. Continue Reading →

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