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Assia Djebar’s The Daughters of Ishmael at Columbia University

Assia Djebar’s The Daughters of Ishmael at Columbia University

March 28, 2009 8:00pm

Saturday, March 28, 8:00 PM at Columbia University’s Lerner Hall, 2920 Broadway at 115th St. $25 general admission, $20 for senior citizens and Columbia staff, $5 for students.

From Columbia:
Assia Djebar has long been fascinated with the figure of Fatima, the Prophet Mohammed’s daughter. In the opera The Daughters of Ishmael in Wind and Storm, she relies on Arab chronicles to dramatize Fatima’s role immediately after the Prophet’s death. What would the future of Islam have been if this spirited daughter could have inherited the prophetship? We will couple extracts from Djebar’s opera with extracts from Toni Morrison’s Margaret Garner , revisiting the events that inspired her 1987 novel Beloved . Performance followed by a discussion with Djebar, Morrison, Leila Ahmed (Harvard Divinity School), and Angela Davis (University of California), opening questions of feminism, femininity, slavery, and Islam.

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