Jesus’ World

A short essay I wrote for an undergraduate class called “Jesus the Jew” about a year ago.   Understanding who Jesus was is dependent on understanding the social context he was born into. What were the problems the Jewish people faced? What was the religious composition of the country? Was Jesus unique? Or were thereContinue reading “Jesus’ World”

History in the “Confessions” of St. Augustine

Saint Augustine’s Confessions is a book about the early life and conversion to Christianity of Augustine of Hippo, one of the most famous Christian scholars of antiquity. The book starts off with a description of childhood, then moves on to describe Augustine’s quest for knowledge both among the Manichees and through study of the traditionalContinue reading “History in the “Confessions” of St. Augustine”

Islamism and “The Yacoubian Building”

The following is a short essay I wrote about The Yacoubian Building for an undergraduate history course. In Alaa al Aswany’s book, The Yacoubian Building, Islamism and Islamists are primarily presented through the point of view of the character Taha El Shazli, the son of a doorman who lives on the roof of the YacoubianContinue reading “Islamism and “The Yacoubian Building””