Paper 2: Discuss one of the issues presented in the book The Yacoubian Building by Alaa Al Aswany, e.g. How does the author portray Egyptian society in the 21st century? Why do you think that the book was controversial in Egypt and the Arab World? What is the role of sexual desires and homosexuality in the novel? What are the roots of radical Muslim movements as portrayed in the book? Other topics can be: gender relations in the book; class differences; role of women in Egyptian society; police brutality and corruption in Egyptian society, etc.
The paper must be at least 1000 words (typed, double-spaced) each, including in-text citations for all quotations, as well as a “works cited” list including all Internet sites you have used at the end of the paper, all in the proper MLA style. Please include a word count at the bottom of your essay. You MUST write out and sign the honor code at the end of your essays. You MUST submit a hard copy of your paper on the day it is due.
You must use at least 3 scholarly sources (books or articles). Do not use any web resources that are not scholarly (no popular web sources such as TV stations or daily news papers). The novel itself is a primary source that you must list on your Works Cited page, but it is not a scholarly source. Paper 2 is due on Thursday, April 19.