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 →

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 →

Unmasking the Depictions of Harlots, Whores, Sinners and “Middle Eastern” Women

According to a prominent scholar of orientalism, Edward Said, orientalism is a way of coming to terms with the Orient (East) which helps define Europe with a contrasting image. Said defines orientalism as “a style of thought based on an… 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 →

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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