A Thousand and One Nights in One

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A Thousand and One Nights in One

<p>Take a magic carpet ride through the literature of the Islamic world. Find early female voices, the Persians (including a poem translated by Gertrude Bell), the Andalusians, Khayyam, Gibran, the

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Take a magic carpet ride through the literature of the Islamic world. Find early female voices, the Persians (including a poem translated by Gertrude Bell), the Andalusians, Khayyam, Gibran, the Egyptians Mahfouz and Al Saadawi and contemporary writers – including from North Africa, Indonesia and Australia – at this bazaar of Easter writing. Actor Kim Knuckey will join actor/writer Mary Haire to read the works – accompanied by mini tutorials. Most of the work is sectarian, much of it reflects the themes of courtly or chivalric love, that originated in the East and arrived in Europe via the Crusaders – along with soap.


SUGGESTED READING

  • The Thousand and One Nights
  • The work of Omar Khayyam
  • The work of Khalil Gibran


COURSE OUTLINE
1001 Nights in One is an introduction to the literature of the Islamic world, historically, geographically and culturally. The material is mostly secular, but we commence with readings from the Qur’an and the Hadith, early examples of poetic writing under Islam. We continue with some female voices of the Seventh Century, then to Abu Nawas whose private life caused controversy. Two of Islam’s greatest cultural periods are well represented: the times of the Persian and Andalusian poets. There are also short stories, including humorous contributions, plus extracts from the 1001 Nights, translated by the adventurer and orientalist Sir Richard Burton in the 19th Century. They took the English-speaking world by storm. The 20th Century saw the emergence of the popular Lebanese poet Kahlil Gibran, well known to the West, and the Egyptians, Mahfouz and the feminist writer Al Saadawi. The 21st Century bears witness to marginalised writers and to contributors from Indonesia and Australia. This programme will present diverse voices and dazzling writing and their place in world literature.


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Explore the development of Islamic literature.
  2. Identify its relationship with and its influence on the West.
  3. Define the enlightened ages of Islam, how they impacted the literature of those times.
  4. Identify female voices – then and now – under Islam.