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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 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 →

“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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