ONLINE CLASS: Understanding MENA: Memoirs and Nostalgia (2082)

Four Tuesdays and One Friday: June 30, July 14 & 31 (Friday), August 11, 25, from 1:00 p.m to 3:00 p.m.

Price: 
$135.00 (10 % for members)

“Not every­thing that is faced can be changed, but noth­ing can be changed until it is faced.” - James Baldwin (NYT Book Review, 14th January 1962)

This is another set of classes in the continuing series on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Literature and Politics. Through this series of classes, we will “travel” throughout the region via memoirs and autobiographies. As James Baldwin notes for change to take place; there is a need to face challenges and grievances so, we will be reading memoirs that examine with nostalgia (at times) their authors’ heritage, family, nations, and society. We will discuss painful transitions, challenges, joys and sadness, and the beginnings in new homes via authors, scholars, and political activists from Egypt, Morocco, Iran, Palestine, and Israel. 

Four Tuesdays and One Friday: June 30, July 14 & 31 (Friday), August 11, 25, from 1:00 p.m to 3:00 p.m. Online Class.

Books:

Morocco – Dreams of Trespass – Tales of Harem Girlhood by Fatima Mernissi

  • Paperback: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Perseus Books; 1 edition (September 4, 1995)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201489378

Egypt – A Border Passage: From Cairo to America – A Woman’s Journey by Leila Ahmed

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (April 24, 2012)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143121923

AND/OR

A Daughter of Isis: The Autobiography of Nawal El Saadawi (Part One) by Nawal El-Saadawi

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher U of Chicago (May 15, 2018)
  • ISBN-13:9781786993069

Walking through Fire: The Later Years of Nawal El Saadawi (Part Two) by Nawal El-Saadawi

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Zed Books; 1 edition (June 15, 2018)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1786993106

(you can choose one of her books) and/or

Life is More Beautiful Than Paradise – A Jihadist’s Own Story by Khaled Al-Berry

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: The American University in Cairo Press (September 1, 2020)
  • ISBN-13: 9789774168062

Iran – Things I’ve Been Silent About – Memories of a Prodigal Daughter by Azar Nafisi

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks; Reprint edition (March 2, 2010)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812973907

AND/OR

Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks; Reissue edition (November 4, 2008)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812979305

Israel – A Tale of Love and Darkness by Amos Oz

  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books; First edition (November 1, 2005)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0156032520

AND/OR

The Art of Leaving by Ayelet Tsabari

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Random House, (February 19th, 2019)
  • ISBN-13: 9780812988987

Palestine – Out of Place – A Memoir by Edward Said

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; First edition (September 12, 2000)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679730675

 

Reading Schedule:

June 30: Morocco

July 14: Egypt

July 31: Iran

August 11: Israel

August 25: Palestine

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.

Dreams Of Trespass: Tales Of A Harem Girlhood Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780201489378
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Basic Books - September 4th, 1995

A Border Passage: From Cairo to America--A Woman's Journey Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143121923
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Penguin Books - April 24th, 2012

A Daughter of Isis: The Early Life of Nawal El Saadawi Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781786993069
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Zed Books - June 15th, 2018

Walking through Fire: The Later Years of Nawal El Saadawi Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781786993106
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Zed Books - June 15th, 2018

Life Is More Beautiful Than Paradise: A Jihadist's Own Story Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9789774168062
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: American University in Cairo Press - March 1st, 2017

Things I've Been Silent About: Memories of a Prodigal Daughter Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780812973907
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - March 2nd, 2010

Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780812979305
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - November 4th, 2008

A Tale of Love and Darkness Cover Image
By Amos Oz, Nicholas de Lange (Translated by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9780156032520
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Published: Mariner Books - November 1st, 2005

The Art of Leaving: A Memoir Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780812988987
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Published: Random House - February 19th, 2019

Out of Place: A Memoir Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780679730675
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Vintage - September 12th, 2000