Yousef Elzalabany

Near Eastern Studies, Class of 2020

I’m a Near Eastern Studies major with a certificate in Creative Writing.

Role(s) held in the Humanistic Studies Program:

Certificate Student, Student Mentor

Activities on campus:

RCA, U-Councilor, Muslim Students Association

Why I decided to study the humanities:

I decided to study the humanities because I believe it’s important to maintain a connection between our present-day lives and the rich intellectual tradition traditions which are responsible for shaping the world in which we currently live. The humanities allow one to realize that they do not live in a vacuum and that humanity has been struggling with some of the same issues since its very beginnings.

Independent work:

My junior independent work will be looking at solidarity movements across the Global South, particularly the relationship between Fidel Castro’s Cuba and the Arab World.

HUM Sequence fall break trip:

I went to Greece in fall 2017 with Professors Ben Morison and Stefan Eich. My research consisted of looking at Muslim prayer spaces in Athens and learning about the attempts by the Greek government and far-right parties since independence to erase the Ottoman/Islamic history of Greece.

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