Lecture7

Lecture7 - Christie Hua 4/21/09 LECTURE 7 IBN FATOUMA I....

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Christie Hua 4/21/09 LECTURE 7 – IBN FATOUMA I. Iban Battuta d’Algeria a. Left Tangiers in 1326 b. Fatouma = pet name in Egypt i. Book is a spiritual journey ii. ** similar to Matigari II. Look for ideal human society a. **Matigari b. social systems, government c. as he finds out, there is no such place i. what expectations/factors would he use? ii. There is a risk of straightjacketing the text into a travelogue iii. But both writers are careful to evade that 1. it’s not just about the opening of the Arab world 2. he leaves those things open 3. commentary on political/social life of contemporary Middle East a. pseudo-narrative i. pseudo = fake/faux d. what society corresponds to society of this kind? III. accomplishment = new-found narrative form a. ties it to economic and political discussion i. he’s saying that Islam needs reform ii. Abode of sunrise (land of the rising sun) 1. where we will find society 2. ppl are simple/pagan/poor 3. matriarchal 4. no sexual inhibitions or moral codes 5. ppl lead by pleasure principle a. no belief in afterlife b. the state of nature c. ppl’s origins d. he is expelled b/c he wants to bring up his children as Muslims e. historic moment corresponds to feudalism f. he seeds heads of rebels impaled
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This note was uploaded on 06/05/2010 for the course CLIT 33 taught by Professor Akudinobi during the Spring '09 term at UCSB.

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