I chose to take this class because it seemed interesting and I don’t know much about the Arab World, so I figured why not learn something new? All I know is through the media and what they choose to portray, and we all know that that is not always the whole story. I know that the Arab World has a very rich and unique culture and history, which I am hoping to learn more about. I also hope to get a more accurate representation of the Arab World through a variety of new perspectives, which I am excited about. I have never been to the Arab World before, or traveled outside the USA, so everything will be a completely new experience.
When 9/11 happened, I was 5 years old. I didn’t really understand what was happening, only that the teachers and nuns (who were all from a convent in New York) in my school were crying and that we got to go home early from school, so my brother and I were confused but excited about the day off. My mom told us that bad guys flew into the Twin Towers in New York, but that we were okay and that they were going to catch the bad guys. Later, when I was older, I learned specifically who those “bad guys” were – Al Qaeda. We had Muslim neighbors growing up and I never thought that they were responsible, although I am sure that they were scared they would receive backlash because of their religious beliefs. I know that even though many years have passed, Muslims are still receiving backlash for the actions of people that they do not support or believe in, even today like with ISIS/Daesh.