Essay Topic 1
1. Research the history of Egypt in the first 7 decades of the 20th century and write a summary of what you learn that is relevant to understanding the political situation in "Miramar".
2. Research the basic tenets of Islam and explain how Islam informs the plot and characters in "Miramar".
3. Do you believe it makes for a more sophisticated and enjoyable reading of a book such as "Miramar" to understand the basic political and religious forces at play in the book? Explain fully with examples from the text.
Essay Topic 2
Naguib Mahfouz published over 50 novels, more than 350 short stories, dozens of movie scripts, and five plays over a 70-year career. Many of his works have been made into Egyptian and foreign films. There are a number of interesting questions raised by this book. Questions that Mahfouz may have wanted readers to consider and think through carefully. Discuss the...
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