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LIBA 101: The Arab World (Dr. Mountaki)

Assignment - Fall 2023

Students are expected to write a well-developed and well-documented paper of no more than 1500 words (but no less than 1200 words) on a cultural issue or issues that drew the attention of students during the course, whether through readings, viewings, or preparing for posters and compare them with the student's society.

Topic examples: - women's issues in one or more Arab countries, the economic situation in one or more Arab countries - social change and development issues, Ramadan's significance and social practices, etc.…

While you are working on drafting your essay, make sure to address some of the following points:

·       Reflect on your learning in the course and assess your strengths and weaknesses (if any) when completing the course assignments. 

·       How is your viewpoint shaped by your history, cultural, political, economic, etc. systems?

·       In what ways do you recognize the perspectives of others shaped by the same complex forces

·       Is there an appreciation of the process of understanding others, and how do your readings, discussions, and other course aspects help constitute this appreciation

·       Think analytically & critically about the complex, interconnected nature of the Arab world

·       Build arguments using logic, evidence

·       Challenge your assumptions and be empathetic to other points of view

The essay must be typed, double-spaced, 12 pt. font (Times New Roman), and include at least five academic references.


Background Sources

Wofford OneSearch

Wofford OneSearch is a single search platform that contains books, ebooks, journal articles, magazines, newspapers, audio, video, and reference materials. It is a great place to explore your topic and find scholarly resources, but it can sometimes be overwhelming due to the amount of information a normal search will pull up. Think of it like shopping on Amazon: you should tell OneSearch exactly what you're looking for using keywords and choosing the right limiters in the left column of your search results.

Library homepage with OneSearch search box in the center of the page.



For example, a search for Morocco economy retrieves nearly 2500 results. You can narrow your search by adding additional keywords or using the limiters in the left column.



Choosing only scholarly and peer reviewed articles and limiting our results to articles published since 2020 reduces the number of articles to about 350. 



Finally, we can add additional keywords to make our search more specific. Adding the keyword women to our search brings up scholarly articles published since 2020 about Morocco's economy and the role of women. Play around with your keywords and limiters until you find articles or books that will work for your project.



When you find resources that you'd like to save, click on the pushpin icon next to the item. Log in using your MyWofford credentials to save the items to your OneSearch account.