Teaching Islamic Novels in a Christian College

David W. Landrum

David W. Landrum outlines the challenges of teaching Islamic novels in a Christian or denominational school and suggests strategies for introducing works of literature that arise out of this cultural matrix. Drawing on his own teaching experience with the Islamic novel, Days of Dust, by Halim Barakat, he provides a detailed example of how to approach fiction that deals with Islam and the Middle East and some of the pedagogical methodologies that have enabled students to understand and empathize with Islamic authors. As Islam becomes more and more of a visible political and religious force in the world, and as its presence continues to grow in North America, it is imperative that students are introduced to texts that will give them insight into Muslim thought and emotion. Mr. Landrum is Professor of Humanities at Cornerstone University.

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