Arabic 2350: Myth in Arabic Literature with Professor Pamela Klasova

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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 →

Re-creating Ancient Myth in a Modern World: Women in Television

In 2011 a Turkish television network and TIMS productions launched a television soap opera called The Magnificent Century (Muhteşem Yüzyıl in Turkish) that lasted for four seasons and came to an end in 2014. Shatha Almutawa writes that “hundreds of millions… Continue Reading →

The Great Flood: Comparing Norse and Arabic Myth Today

The flood myth is a theme shared across the world. Many religions and cultures have stories or believe in the existence of an ancient flood sent by god(s) to cleanse the planet. Both Arabic and Norse myth have similar flood… Continue Reading →

1001 Nights and Disney: The Three Princes and the Princess of Nouronnihar and Brave

1001 Nights  1001 Nights is a collection of folk tales written and released during the Islamic Gold Age. This compilation of stories is organized under the following narrative: Scorned by his unfaithful wife, the king of the empire, Shahryar, was… 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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