Besides what I have read about that region of the world in the news, I have read some books that take place in the Arab World and the descriptions of the culture and life there always fascinated me. Granted, many of these were fiction and do not always necessarily represent life accurately, but I did wonder how much of the culture depicted within those books might be similar to that in the countries described. Partially because of this, I was glad to have the opportunity to learn more and separate the facts from the fiction. I do not know very much about that area other than what I have read, and so look forward to learning more. I have never been to the Arab World, but someday if I ever have enough money to travel it is one of the areas that I am certainly interested in visiting.
Prior to 9/11, I really had no views on the Arab World, as I was only around 5 at the time and cannot remember much of the events of that day. I was homeschooled at the time, and all I can remember is sneaking into the room where my mother was watching the TV and being horrified as I watched the towers fall. However, my views concerning the Arab World and the people from there did not change much as a consequence of that day, as I was not told anything other than that bad people had done it. I had noticed changes in the attitudes of the adults around me at that time, as the topic of Muslims came up more frequently and were discussed in more of a negative and suspicious light. However, I disagreed with those that said that all Muslims wanted 9/11 to happen as I grew older and still believe that. I look forward to the discussions that we will be having this semester.