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Exploring a new language leads history and political science senior to valuable research and international experiences — and a third major

Author: Sophia Lauber

What’s senior Liam Karr’s secret to juggling three majors, writing a thesis, and still finding time to practice and perform with the Notre Dame Glee Club? A little time management and a lot of love for what he does.“I just totally do the whole ‘study what you love’ thing, and don’t really care if my schedule looks a little busy,” he said. A self-described “history nerd” with an interest in politics, Karr quickly discovered how much natural overlap there is between his first two majors. Deciding to pursue a third major — Arabic — was more of an unexpected development.

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New Book: Arabic Shadow Theatre 1300-1900

Author: Sherry Reichold

Li Guo, Professor in the Program of Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies has authored a new book entitled, Arabic Shadow Theatre 1300-1900.

This handbook aims mainly at an analytical documentation of all the known textual remnants and the preserved artifacts of Arabic shadow theatre, a long-lived, and still living, tradition — from the earliest sightings in the tenth century to the turn of the twentieth century. The book consists of three main parts and a cluster of appendixes. Part One presents a history of Arab shadow theatre through a survey of medieval and premodern accounts and modern scholarship on the subject. Part Two takes stock of primary sources (manuscripts), published studies, and the current knowledge of various aspects of Arabic shadow theatre: language, style, terminology, and performance. Part Three offers an inventory of all known Arabic shadow plays. The documentation is based on manuscripts (largely unpublished), printed texts (scripts, excerpts), academic studies (in Arabic and Western languages), journalist reportage, and shadow play artifacts from collections worldwide.…

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MELC 13184 Introduction to Islamic Culture

Author: Sherry Reichold

MELC 13184: Introduction to Islamic Culture is a History University Seminar being offered in Spring 2021, MW 12:45-2:00 p.m. by Professor Hussein Abdulsater

Islamic culture rose from its humble origins in 7th-century Arabia to become the sole premodern global culture. But how was this astonishing transformation accomplished?

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