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TMR Bookgroup Discusses Mai Al-Nakib’s “An Unlasting Home” with the author

September 25 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

When you live in a con­ser­v­a­tive soci­ety, you run the risk of cen­sure. How far should a phi­los­o­phy pro­fes­sor stick her neck out to make a point? Would you put it all on the line in the pur­suit of truth or jus­tice, or what­ev­er informs your intent?

An Unlast­ing Home, by award-win­ning short sto­ry writer Mai Al-Nakib, opens in the sum­mer of 2013. Sara Tarek Al-Ameed, a pro­fes­sor of phi­los­o­phy at the Kuwait Uni­ver­si­ty for eleven years, is in the midst of prepar­ing a paper argu­ing the impor­tance of sup­ple­ment­ing the reli­gious cur­ricu­lum with an ear­ly intro­duc­tion to phi­los­o­phy at the lev­el of pri­ma­ry pub­lic school edu­ca­tion in Kuwait. How­ev­er, a phone record­ing by one of the munaqa­ba girls in her intro to phi­los­o­phy class (in which she is heard argu­ing that “God is dead”) has been passed on to the most con­ser­v­a­tive mem­ber of the Kuwaiti Par­lia­ment — a Salafi, who has filed a com­plaint. Sara is arrest­ed at her home and charged with blas­phe­my, a cap­i­tal crime that comes with the threat of exe­cu­tion, under the new­ly amend­ed Kuwaiti penal code. In the author’s note, Al-Nakib explains that although such an amend­ment did in fact come to pass by a wide major­i­ty of the elect­ed par­lia­ment in 2013, the Emir of Kuwait, who holds author­i­ty over all amend­ments of laws, reject­ed it. This work of fic­tion, explains the author, imag­ines oth­er­wise. (From the review by Rana Asfour.)

Sun­day, Sept. 25, with nov­el­ist Mai Al-Nakib. To join dis­cus­sion, email books@themarkaz.org.


September 25
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT
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