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.