Arabic 2350: Myth in Arabic Literature with Professor Pamela Klasova

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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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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