I am considering writing my paper on Libyan marriage etiquette and rituals. I am curious if they are influenced more by Islam or by the Berber culture that makes up most of the population.
It is time to add sources….. what sources are you using to explore these topics? As I see descriptions listing: history, factors, events,people; it becomes clear the topics are still fluid. One way to sharpen them is to add specificity. Did a specific episode, story, picture, film, documentary, or…. turn your thoughts towards this topic? What questions does it raise in your mind? List the sources, materials, pictures, newspaper articles… you have already encountered that may shed light on your thoughts. It will also help your colleagues share what they know regarding these same items.
You are also encouraged to post your comments and questions regarding the statements already posted.
After our class discussion on the confusion of the blog, I had checked and found that I had the same problem as Jeff. So, here is my post about Yemen.
During my research I had found out that not only was Yemen ranked among the least developed countries in the world, but they are also undergoing a huge government change. Currently, the government of Yemen is in the process of writing a new constitution. While this is interesting in itself, I also found out that the population distribution among the people of Yemen is very disproportionate. It is estimated that half the country’s population is under 15, and nearly 70 percent are under 25.
So basically, I was going to take the unique opportunity at hand and discuss the impact of the creation of their new constitution, along with the fact that the future is heavily weighing on the young, upcoming generation.
Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
Since the country I had chosen for the class discussion board is Afghanistan, I thought I would stay with that idea to better understand the country itself, its people, and the issues they deal with as well as their history.
This is just an idea but going forward I would look at the historical conflicts of the region amongst the people in the area itself. What the issues were, how they were resolved, what were the repercussions of them. This idea of conflict is common in the history of the country and it should be feasible to tie together conflicts of the last 30 or so years into the events of today with the war on terror and U.S. involvement in the region. Having covered said issues and their causes/ consequences it could also be possible to draw some conclusions and offer some insight into possible future actions that could be taken to solve some of the modern issues in Afghanistan and the surrounding areas.
After writing this out it occurred to me how broad of a topic this may actually be. I am looking to potentially narrow this down to a more manageable topic. Questions, comments are greatly appreciated.
I am sure that I am not the only person that doesn’t know everyone else’s name in class so… I have a suggestion. I see that a few people have already uploaded somewhat of a profile picture for their personal portion of the blog. This is helpful in identifying who is who with topics and comments. Unless you feel uncomfortable with uploading a picture, that is my suggestion. I’d love to know who I am receiving feedback from!
Hey guys, I’m a little late with my post but because my country of focus is Turkey and my major is Political Science, I am looking to focus on the relationship between Turkey and Europe and between Turkey and the Middle East. I would like to analyze Turkey’s intentions to join the European Union and determine whether or not their membership is a possibility or just a matter of time.
But at the same time, the current tumultuous situation within Turkey should negatively effect their chances of inclusion into the EU. Any more censuring or loss of rights should only inflame the situation. Maybe a new Turkey will emerge democratically or a return to autocratic rule will occur. I’m not sure what will happen but I am sure that it will be an interesting place within the world of international politics and it will be an interesting topic for my research.
While trying to think of topics, I’ve realized that every idea I have seems to be either far too broad or too narrow. But since reading through posts, it seems like some others are just bouncing general thinking points around, I figured I’d try as well.
I’d like to focus on women’s rights and identity in Lebanon, but from the brief amount of research I’ve done, I’ve learned that the rights of women are not only dictated by the government, but by their individual practicing religion as well (which seems very obvious now that I’ve written it out). Since Lebanon is so religiously diverse, I didn’t know if a comparison between the liberties granted by the different faiths to the women would be a better issue, but then that may draw too far from the main topic.