Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Reflection 1: Why I Took This Class

My experience with the Arab world has been largely limited to what I have seen on the news or read about in articles online, so I know I am unaware of all the different facets of Arab culture. From what I have read and seen however, the culture is very rich and unique and it something that I would definitely want to learn more about. I took this class to be able to learn more about and to be better able to understand a culture that I have little experience with and get a different perspective on it than a lot of the United States is taking toward the Arab world right now.

I was 5 when the 9/11 attacks happened so I did not really have any preconceptions about the Arab world or Muslims before then and even for a few years after, I did not really have any generalizations about Muslims or the Arab world in regard to 9/11. When I was older and formed more of an opinion about it, my general impression was that Al-Qaeda was the organization responsible and so they were the ones to blame and not all Muslims. Now as I have become more aware about current events around the world, I still agree believe that I was correct about only blaming those responsible and not everyone in the Arab world and I am also more aware about the persecution that many Muslims and Arabs face in the United States and other western countries.