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Questions for the discussion board How much of a romance is this book, on a scale of 1 to 10 (10 is the equivalent of Gone with the Wind or Romeo and Juliet)? After all, the book begins with a kiss. There is certainly a romantic element to this book, however, it wasn’t the main plot. The most important storyline that this book addressed was Liyana’s gradual acceptance of a new way of life in a new country. The kiss at the beginning of the story was meant to emphasize Liyana’s age when the family moved from St. Louis, Missouri to Jerusalem. When I consider the romantic aspect of this book, I think of Liyana and her developing relationship with Omer. The book ended with Liyana realizing that you wanted to trade the best things you knew about with people you like and that you like someone for being themselves and for the parts of you that they bring out. I would rate this book at 4.5 for romance. How much prejudice/partisanship does Nye show in her portrayal of the situation in the middle East? Is this really an American book about the situation? As always, explain your answers so we all know how you came up with your point of view. I believe that Nye played down the unrest and violence in Jerusalem so that the Liyana’s personal story would be the main focus of the book. The story would be unbelievable if the situation in the middle east wasn’t mentioned from time to time throughout the book. On the other hand, if the book placed too much emphasis on the danger, it would be hard to accept that Liyana came to love her second country and family. I feel like this book was written by an American that has Arab roots. In Habibi, Nye attempts to convey the beauty and simplicity of life that most Arabs strive for while touching ... ... middle of paper ... ...ted. This website is fantastic if you want to know about Islam culture as well as Islam as a religion. The topics covered in this website are: Islam at a glance, Arts and culture, Beliefs, History, Holy days, Ethics, Practices, Prayer and worship, Rites & rituals, Subdivisions, and Texts. The topics have subtopic articles available as well. Each topic and subtopic opens up on it’s own page. http://islam101.net Islam 101 is an educational site on Islam, its theology, rituals, human relations, and other topics. You can also read Islamic tales and do crossword puzzles to test your knowlege. The “Comparative Religion” tab compares and contrasts Islam with Judaism, Hinduism, and Christianity. This website has some interesting information that I have not seen on other Islam websites. Work Cited Nye, Naomi Shihab. Habibi. New York. Simon & Schuster, 1997. Print.
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