Arabic 2350: Myth in Arabic Literature with Professor Pamela Klasova

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Arabian Nights: Women in Power and Cross – Cultural Attitudes

The One Thousand and One Night also known as The Arabian Nights is collection of folklore stories that have been used to lay the foundation of many stereotypes towards the Middle East. When Westerners talk about this collection one of… 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 →

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 →

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 →

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