The University of New England
Dialogue of Civilizations
The Department of English, in collaboration with the Office of Continuing Education at the University of New England, is pleased to offer this course to highly motivated students who want to discover other cultural traditions. The course will consist of a 19-day exploratory journey through Morocco, and will include readings, journal keeping, daily discussions, and a final paper.
Culturally, Morocco is one of the most fascinating countries in the world. Only nine miles away from Europe and situated at the northernmost western tip of Africa, it is the gateway to several major civilizations: African, Islamic, Arab, and European. Many of these cultures coexisted and mingled throughout history, creating in the process a dazzling multicultural legacy that continues to fascinate scholars and educated travelers. Participants will explore and discuss a variety of issues (such as gender relations, modernity and tradition, and relations between Islam and the West in an Islamic society) and will visit famous cities like Essaouira (ancient Mogador), Agadir, Marrakesh, Fez, Meknes, Chaouen, Tangier and various other historical sites. We will also attend the inaugural five performances of the world-famous Sacred Music Festival in Fez.
The course and trip are scheduled to start on May 21st, 2002, and will be led by Professor Anouar Majid, Chair of the English Department, and author of Si Yussef (Quartet, 1992), a novel set in Morocco. He is also the author of Unveiling Traditions (Duke University Press, 2000), a book on Islam in the modern world. Unveiling Traditions was cited by the American Association of University Professors as a Book for Understanding. Professor Majid is a native of Morocco and has led several educational courses in Morocco and Mexico.