July 12 - What is Islam, Islamic Literature, Pedagogical Choices
In Reading Discussion
Jul 10, 2021
I'm glad you posted about this! As someone who loves how story (fiction or non) reveals powerful truths in personal ways, these three vignettes were one of my favorite readings so far. The three simple stories poignantly identify and then quickly dispel the assumptions and misconceptions made about Muslim culture, while also celebrating its power to connect. I look forward to digging in further to dispel myths and stereotypes about Muslim culture, and to replace those myths with an impressive expanse of art and human stories. I'm also really looking forward to Dr. Toorawa's opening lecture as I enjoyed how the interview piece expanded on the themes from the vignettes and also brought up how choice is political. I believe pretty much everything--teaching especially--is political, so this resonated with me. I see the politics of choice--be it translation choices, what literature is considered "Islamic literature," etc.--as a repeated theme throughout our readings.