Maybe similar to others, I have only had limited exposure to the Arab world and culture. But often fascinated and curious about foreign parts of the world, I have always wanted to learn more and really understand the real and authentic image of the Arab world as opposed to what has been portrayed by others. By taking this class, I hope to expand my knowledge of the Arab world and have a deeper understanding of what is happening in that area of the world. Although I have never visited the Arab world, I really hope I am able to in the future.
Prior to 9/11, I have to say that I honestly didn't have a specific view of the Arab world, since I had been only less than 5 years old. And after 9/11, I still really didn't develop a view of the Arab world and didn't really actually understand what 9/11 was until I was probably 8 or 9 years old. But still during that time of my youth, I was living in a very diverse and multicultural environment where many of my friends were actually Arab or Muslim (my best friend from 5th grade is Muslim). Because of all the different kinds of people around me, I mainly saw that these Arabs and Muslims were just ordinary people so I hadn't really develop a negative view of them like many others may have formed. It probably wasn't till my middle school years until I learned that people had a negative image of them. However, I highly disagree with many of these negative view to this day and hopefully this class will further enlighten me with more knowledge of the Arab world.