Friday, January 8, 2016

Paper #2: The Yacoubian Building. Due on April 21

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 Society? 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? Gender relations in the book; class differences; role of women in Egyptian society; police brutality and corruption in Egyptian society, etc. Paper is due in class on Thursday, April 21.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Reflection 7: Lecture by Ms. Andrea Shalal. Due on April 25

Reflection 7 What and whom did Andrea Shalal talk about? Give specific examples of some of the writers she talked about. How did her talk change your attitudes towards and enrich your knowledge of Arab-Americans? Which writer did you like the most and why? Due on Tuesday, April 25 by midnight.