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Identity and Society
Facing History and Ourselves

Three readings and connection questions on the role of identity in forming our understanding of ourselves and our role in society, especially in relation to the events of 9.11.01. Readings include a profile of Muslim activist Asama Khan and writings by economist and humanitarian Amartya Sen and Moroccan scholar Fatima Mernissi.

Overview: Students read and discuss three passages that address the role of identity in forming our understanding of ourselves and our role in society, especially in relation to the events of September 11, 2001.

Reading 1: The Individual And Society: Choosing To Participate includes a profile of Muslim activist Asama Khan.

Reading 2: Multiple Identities includes writings by economist and humanitarian Amartya Sen.

Reading 3: A Vision of the World uses an allegory by Moroccan scholar Fatima Mernissi for reflection.