Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Modern Writers



It's 9.55 p.m. and I'm spending my time alone in a coffee house on State Street, trying to do my readings.

After almost two hours of reading, I'm tired.

Today was a tiring day.

Had two classes in the morning. Right after that I headed towards the gym for a workout. Then I had my lunch and then I worked for two hours at the Welcome Center.

As soon as I got back I made dinner.

After my dinner, I headed straight here. To study. And now I'm getting sick. Again.

Anyway, that isn't really my point.

For my lit class, I'm doing readings about modern literature. African literature, to be exact. We are focusing mainly on Egypt.



I was hoping to be studying works of Rumi etc but unfortunately I don't think this is the class. Instead, we are focusing on works of writers such as Naguib Mahfouz and Tawfik al-Hakim. In my opinion, these writers have a more Western framework with regards to how their States should function. Many often criticize the traditional way of life, saying that the people and the system have been corrupted etc.

As Muslims, we can probably differentiate between corrupted people and the true faith/ the real things that should be implemented but how about others? How do they see Islam through the lens of these writers?

Islamic nations today are facing difficulties, yes that is true. But I feel like bashing every aspect of the state in a novel my influence readers to think of Islam worse than what they already think.

If I write a book one day, I hope it would benefit the society.

InsyaAllah.