Thursday, January 28, 2016

A Modern Romeo and Juliet

In the world we know, the story of two neighbors with ethnic differences falling in love might be the subject of a romantic comedy.  In Afghanistan, it's the equivalent of Romeo and Juliet falling in loveworse, even, for Juliet's family never felt compelled to kill her to protect their family's honor.  This is the compelling, true story told in Rod Nordland's The Lovers.

Zakia and Mohammad Ali grew up as neighbors, but differing backgrounds forbade contact.  Eschewing custom, they fell in love, married, and fled both the authorities and Zakia's vengeful family.  Currently, they live in hiding in Afghanistan, and hope to one day leave the country with their baby daughter.

Rod Nordland, who initially wrote a New York Times article about the pair, chronicles the story of their forbidden love while offering insight into the role women's rights (or lack thereof) and sectarian differences play in Afghan culture.

You can meet Zakia and Mohammad, along with their daughter, in the video below.

For further reading, please take a look at our Islamic Studies Catalog.


Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Required Reading: Paul Daugherty's AN UNCOMPLICATED LIFE

University of Cincinnati's Special Education Department has made Paul Daugherty's An Uncomplicated Life: A Father's Memoir of His Exceptional Daughter required reading! 

Paul’s book is an exhilarating and funny love letter to Jillian, his daughter with Down syndrome, recounting tales from her mischievous childhood, through high school and college, and up to the present day, as Jillian works to support herself, and is engaged to the love of her life. Through her unmitigated love for others, her sparkling charisma, and her boundless capacity for joy, Jillian has inspired those around her to live better and more fully.

Praise from University of Cincinnati:

“Paul Daugherty recently made several presentations at our request at the University of Cincinnati and shared his book An Uncomplicated Life with faculty and students. As a result, the special education program has decided that his powerful story is essential reading for all future teachers. The book will be read by ALL Early Childhood, Middle School, Secondary & Special Education teacher candidates who enroll in the required courseIndividuals with Exceptionalities. Paul's book offers important parent perspective to future educators and fosters essential collaboration between educators and parents.”—Karen S. Troup M.Ed., Special Education Program Coordinator, School of Education, University of Cincinnati

To read more about the book, please click here