Arabic 2350: Myth in Arabic Literature with Professor Pamela Klasova

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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 →

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 →

“رحلتي”: Being Visibly the “Other” Inspired by Ibn Battuta’s The Travels and Fatema Mernissi’s Scheherazade Goes West

“I have indeed – praise be to God – attained my desire in this world, which was to travel through the earth, and I have attained in this respect what no other person has attained to my knowledge.”- Ibn Battuta… Continue Reading →

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