ASQ Issue 43.3

Seda Demiralp’s 1001 Nights with Animus,” examines how the frame of 1001 Nights “contributes to a feminist reading of the story.” The author explores the characters in the story as elements representing “the female psyche.” Utilizing a Jungian approach, Demiralp critiques previous interpretations of 1001 Nights and advances a feminist reading through the window of ninth-century Abbasid society.
 
Marwa Alkhayat looks at “Sabry Musa’s Lord of the Spinach Field (1987) through the lens of Karl Heinz Bohren’s “Utopia of the subject” and Ernst Bloch’s Principle of Hope to examine the central theme of utopia/dystopia. Musa’s utilization of Science Fiction allows a critique of realism that is frozen in time. Through travel to another world, the novel critiques capitalist society along with its mechanistic determinism.
 
Mohamed Salah Eddine Madiou’s “Abject Talks Gibberish’Translating Abjection in Rabih Alameddine’s An Unnecessary Woman, employs Sigmund Freud’s essay “Te Uncanny” and Julia Kristeva’s Powers of Horror. Rather than dwelling on the “abject,” instead, the article argues that the feeling of abjection in the novel “is inherent in the human being and thus universal.” The feeling of abjection, however, is triggered by “abject-threats,” such as  the Lebanese civil war.
 
Rayyan Dabbous’ “A Theory of Judgment in Averroes” argues that Averroes had a theory of judgment  at the core of his philosophy and that he had surpassed  Western philosophy, beginning with Kant, with the radical nature of his philosophy.

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