Arabic 2350: Myth in Arabic Literature with Professor Pamela Klasova

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Myth: Then and Now

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 →

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 →

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 →

The Qasidah of our Youth: A Poem of the Past

I decided to do my journal project on the structure of a typical qasidah and broke it up into the three sections to make it clear to a reader who is not familiar with Arabic poetry. While stylistically it is… Continue Reading →

A Nomad’s Home: Travel, Home, and Modern Constructions of Arab Identity

Travel and migration have been a fundamental aspects of Arab literature and constructions of Arab identity. Political and religious conflicts – from antiquity to the contemporary moment -, as well as other cultural and economic issues and contexts, have led… Continue Reading →

On Spiders and Mercy

This poem includes elements of several epics, poems, and myths. Like Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, it follows a strict rhythmic and rhyming structure designed to make it easier to memorise and recite. However, it is more similar in substance to… Continue Reading →

Symbolism of Rain in Sayyab’s “Rain Song” and Western Songs About Rain

Badr Shakir al-Sayyab (1926-1964) was an extremely influential Iraqi poet and a pioneer in free-verse poetry. After studying in Baghdad, he worked as a teacher, then joined the Iraqi Communist Party. Sayyab spent nine years with the party before becoming… Continue Reading →

The Function of the Classic Hero Cross-Culturally

“Our heroes are men who do things which we recognize, with regret, and sometimes with a secret shame, that we cannot do” -Mark Twain                                 … Continue Reading →

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