ONLINE CLASS: MENA: Lebanon: A Lesson in Adversity and Facing Challenges (20119)

Five Fridays: October 16, 30, November 13, December 4, 11, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Price: 
$135 (10% off for members)

Here is another series of classes under the main heading of attempting to understand the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) through literature written by its authors. Lebanon and its capital city: Beirut was referred to as the “Paris of the Middle East.” Lebanese boast that one can ski in the morning and in the afternoon swim in the Mediterranean Sea. Tragically, on the 4th August, 2020, Beirut experienced two horrific explosions where its working port and several downtown neighborhoods were destroyed – 177 people died, 6,000 injured and $10 -15 billion worth of properties destroyed and damaged leaving thousands homeless and without their places of work.

This series of classes will review Lebanon’s fascinating history from the Ottoman period, to the French mandate, independence in 1943, and leading to a brutal civil war that lasted from 1975 to 1990. We will examine the rise of the Hizballah movement and militia becoming “a state within a state.” Finally, we will delve into Lebanese culture, the Lebanese language and the “joie de vivre” its people are famous for. Lebanese have suffered yet continue to meet those challenges with vigor, hope and integrity… their cuisine is legendary, their poet Khalil Gibran, architecture and historic landmarks such as Baalbek are world famous. So, join me on this literary journey to honor and remember Lebanon during another difficult time.

Five Fridays: October 16, 30, November 13, December 4, 11, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Online Class.

Reading Schedule:

16th October - A History of Modern Lebanon by Fawwaz Traboulsi

30th October - Kahlil Gibran: Beyond Borders by Jean Gibran & Kahlil Gibran

13th November – A Road to Damascus by Meedo Taha and/or B as in Beirut by Iman Humaydan

4th December - Ali and His Russian Mother by Alexandra Chreiteh

11th December – Printed in Beirut by Jabbour Douaihy

Books:

1. A History of Modern Lebanon by Fawwaz Traboulsi (Paperback, 320 pages, Publisher: Pluto Press; 2 edition (June 14, 2012), ISBN-13: 9780745332741)

2. Kahlil Gibran – Beyond Borders by Jean Gibran & Kahlil Gibran (Paperback, 464 pages, Publisher Interlink Books, ISBN: 9781566560931)

3. A Road to Damascus by Meedo Taha (Paperback, 468 pages, Publisher: Interlink Books, ISBN: 9781623719920, Release date: Spring/Summer 2018)

4. B as in Beirut by Iman Humaydan, Translator: Max Weiss (Paperback, 224 pages, Publisher: Interlink Books, ISBN: 9781566567091)

5. Ali and His Russian Mother by Alexandra Chreiteh, Translator: Michelle Hartman (Paperback, 144 pages, Publisher: Interlink Books, ISBN: 9781566560924, Release date: 03/15/15)

6. Printed in Beirut by Jabbour Douaihy, Translator: Paula Haydar (Paperback, 224 pages, Publisher: Interlink Books, ISBN: 9781623719906, Release date: Spring/Summer 2018)

Note: For the month of August, Interlink Publishing has committed 30% of sales from these titles to the Lebanon Food Bank. Ordering these titles from Politics and Prose will contribute to this cause!

Heba F. El-Shazli is an Egyptian-American and an avid lover and reader of literature from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. She is an assistant professor of political science at George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s Master’s Degree Program at the Center for Democracy and Civil Society. Heba teaches courses on governments and politics of the Middle East and North Africa, Islam and politics, international relations, and the role of civil society and social movements in democratization. She has a Ph.D. in Planning, Governance, and Globalization (PGG) with a specialization in Governance and International Affairs from Virginia Tech’s School of Public and International Affairs and a Master’s degree from Georgetown University. She was the Director of MENA programs at the Solidarity Center (2004-2011) and the Deputy MENA Regional Director at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) from 2001 until 2004. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (www.cfr.org)

REFUND POLICY: Please note that we can issue class refunds up until seven (7) days before the first class session.

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A History of Modern Lebanon Cover Image
$39.96
ISBN: 9780745332741
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Pluto Press - June 14th, 2012

Kahlil Gibran: Beyond Borders Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781566560931
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Interlink Books - November 15th, 2016

A Road to Damascus Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781623719920
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Interlink Books - April 1st, 2018

B as in Beirut (Interlink World Fiction) Cover Image
By Iman Humaydan Younes, Max Weiss (Translator)
$15.00
ISBN: 9781566567091
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Interlink Books - November 1st, 2007

Ali and His Russian Mother (Interlink World Fiction) Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781566560924
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Interlink Books - June 1st, 2015

Printed in Beirut Cover Image
By Jabbour Douaihy, Paula Haydar (Translator)
$15.00
ISBN: 9781623719906
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Interlink Books - August 1st, 2018