ONLINE CLASS: Understanding MENA: The Kingdom of Morocco (2081)

Five Fridays: July 24, August 7 and 21, September 4 and 18 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Price: 
$135.00 (10 % for members)

This is another set of classes in the continuing series on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). We will “travel” to the Kingdom of Morocco and explore several issues; first through history in order to get the basic outline of governance, impact of colonialism, politics and society; then we will examine human rights, independence from France, Islamism, politics from 1950s to the present, the gay community and challenges, Jewish life and culture, and a fun travelogue. After reading the chosen book selections; class participants will have a more informed understanding of the Kingdom of Morocco, its people, politics, history, economy and culture. Five Fridays: July 24, August 7 and 21, September 4 and 18 from 1 to 3 p.m. Online Class.

Reading Schedule: July 24, August 7, & 21, September 4  & 18

July 24: A History of Modern Morocco by Susan Gilson Miller

August 7: The Punishment by Tahar Ben Jelloun and/or This Blinding Absence of Light by Tahar Ben Jelloun

August 21: Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits by Laila Lalami and/or The Secret Son by Laila Lalami

September 4: An Arab Melancholia by Abdallah Taia and/or Memories of Absence: How Muslims Remember Jews in Morocco by Aomar Boum

September 18: The Caliph’s House – A Year in Casablanca by Tahir Shah

Books:

A History of Modern Morocco by Susan Gilson Miller

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (April 8, 2013)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521008990

 

The Punishment by Tahar Ben Jelloun

  • Series: The Margellos World Republic of Letters
  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (April 21, 2020)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300243024

AND/Or

This Blinding Absence of Light by Tahar Ben Jelloun

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Translation edition (January 31, 2006)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143035725

 

Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits by Laila Lalami

  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Harvest Books; Reprint edition (October 2, 2006)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0156030878

AND/Or

The Secret Son by Laila Lalami

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Algonquin Books; Reprint edition (March 9, 2010)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565129795

 

An Arab Melancholia by Abdellah Taïa

  • Series: Semiotext(e) / Native Agents
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Semiotext(e) (March 9, 2012)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584351115

 

Memories of Absence: How Muslims Remember Jews in Morocco by Aomar Boum

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press; 1 edition (November 1, 2014)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804795234

 

The Caliph’s House – A Year in Casablanca by Tahir Shah

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Reprint edition (December 26, 2006)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553383102

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.

A History of Modern Morocco Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780521008990
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Cambridge University Press - May 30th, 2013

The Punishment (The Margellos World Republic of Letters) Cover Image
By Tahar Ben Jelloun, Linda Coverdale (Translated by)
$25.00
ISBN: 9780300243024
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Published: Yale University Press - April 21st, 2020

This Blinding Absence of Light Cover Image
By Tahar Ben Jelloun, Linda Coverdale (Translated by)
$15.00
ISBN: 9780143035725
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Published: Penguin Books - January 31st, 2006

Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781616207502
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Published: Algonquin Books - November 28th, 2017

Secret Son Cover Image
$13.95
ISBN: 9781565129795
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Published: Algonquin Books - March 9th, 2010

An Arab Melancholia (Semiotext(e) / Native Agents) Cover Image
By Abdellah Taia, Frank Stock (Translator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781584351115
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Published: Semiotext(e) - March 9th, 2012

Memories of Absence: How Muslims Remember Jews in Morocco Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780804795234
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Published: Stanford University Press - November 1st, 2014

The Caliph's House: A Year in Casablanca Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780553383102
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Published: Bantam - December 26th, 2006