Warriors, Lovers, and Saints: The Middle Eastern Story-Cycle in Historical Context

0971N [CRN: 14873]

Explore the Islamic Middle East and its cultures through ‘epic’ story-cycles taken from Arabic, Persian and Turkish. Examine medieval stories in historical context, discussing the nature of rule, the organization of society, the layering of Islam onto earlier religious beliefs and practices, and the persistence of their social values in contemporary society. Topics include: warrior ethos, the gendering of power and relationships, masculine and feminine ideals, the sufi (mystical) path and its effects on society, the nature of love and justice, and the ways in which animals are perceived as crucial social actors and activists. P FYS
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