ONLINE CLASS: Understanding MENA: Saudi Arabia (2005)

Five Fridays: January 31; February 14 and 28; March 27 and April 3 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Price: 
$135.00 (10% off for members)

Due to the spread of covid-19, this class will now meet using video technology. Your virtual meeting will take place at the scheduled time and will cover the planned content. Additional dates may be scheduled to make up for missed meetings. You'll receive access information and instructions prior to your first online meeting. 

This is another set of classes in the continuing series on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). We will “travel” to the Arabian Peninsula to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia via a collection of novels and one non-fiction history/politics book that will take us on a literary adventure in the Arabian Gulf. This a world where society’s norms and customs are often kept private yet through literature written by native authors; we will gain deeper insight into this very conservative society facing such rapid modernization due to the oil boom and with a new de-facto leader, the crown prince Mohamed Bin Salman (MBS). Through our literary journey, we will explore the impact of the early discovery of oil and its boom over the decades; the impact of the rush to modernity, migrant labor, political unrest and conflict (1979); the price paid for such rapid modernization; romantic love, mystery and adventure; socio-cultural shifts due to modernization, urban/rural developments, and the global politics of oil. We will attempt to understand Saudi Arabia’s political, social and economic challenges and its accomplishments through reading literature translated from Arabic to English. In addition, we will begin with a non-fiction book recounting the important relationship between the US and Saudi Arabia since FDR. Welcome to our journey to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

 

Reading Schedule:

31st January: Kings and Presidents: Saudi Arabia and the United States since FDR by Bruce Riedel

14th February: Cities of Salt by Abdulrahman Munif (pages 1-300)

28th February: Cities of Salt by Abdulrahman Munif (pages 300-627)

27th March: Sarab: A Novel  And/or The Dove’s Necklace by Raja Alem (Author), Leri Price (Translator)

3rd April: Hend and the Soldiers (Modern Middle East Literatures in Translation) by Badriah Albeshr, Sanna Dhahir (Translator) And/or Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman's Awakening by Manal al-Sharif

 

Five Fridays: January 31; February 14 and 28; March 27 and April 3 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Books:

1. Kings and Presidents: Saudi Arabia and the United States since FDR (Geopolitics in the 21st Century) by Bruce Riedel

(Call Politics and Prose at 202 364 1919 to order)

2. Cities of Salt [Paperback – International Edition, July 17, 1989] by Abdelrahman Munif and translated by Peter Theroux

· ISBN: 9780394755267

3. Sarab: A Novel [Paperback – October 16, 2018] by Raja Alem (Author), Leri Price (Translator)

· ISBN: 9789774168765

And/Or

The Dove’s Necklace by Raja Alem

· ISBN: 9781468316223

4. Hend and the Soldiers (Modern Middle East Literatures in Translation) [Paperback – May 15, 2017] by Badriah Albeshr (Author), Sanna Dhahir (Translator)

· ISBN: 9781477313060

And/Or

5. Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman's Awakening [Paperback – June 12, 2018] by Manal al-Sharif

· ISBN: 9781476793030

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 Government 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.

Sarab (Hoopoe Fiction) Cover Image
By Raja Alem, Leri Price (Translator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9789774168765
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Hoopoe - October 16th, 2018

The Doves Necklace: A Novel Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781468316223
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Harry N. Abrams - August 14th, 2018

Hend and the Soldiers (Cmes Modern Middle East Literatures in Translation) Cover Image
By Badriah Albeshr, Sanna Dhahir (Translator)
$21.95
ISBN: 9781477313060
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: University of Texas Press - May 15th, 2017

Kings and Presidents: Saudi Arabia and the United States Since FDR (Geopolitics in the 21st Century) Cover Image
$23.99
ISBN: 9780815737155
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Published: Brookings Institution Press - March 12th, 2019

Cities of Salt (Vintage International) Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780394755267
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Vintage - July 17th, 1989

Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman's Awakening Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781476793030
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Simon & Schuster - June 12th, 2018