The Doha Experiment: Arab Kingdom, Catholic College, Jewish Teacher

The Doha Experiment: Arab Kingdom, Catholic College, Jewish Teacher


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Gary Wasserman’s decision to head to Qatar to teach at Georgetown sounds questionable, at best. “In the beginning,” he writes, “this sounds like a politically incorrect joke. A Jewish guy walks into a fundamentalist Arab country to teach American politics at a Catholic college.” But he quickly discovers that he has entered a world that gives him a unique perspective on the Middle East and on Muslim youth; that teaches him about the treatment of Arab women and what an education will do for them, both good and bad; shows him the occasionally amusing and often deadly serious consequences his students face simply by living in the Middle East; and finds surprising similarities between his culture and the culture of his students.

Most importantly, after eight years of teaching in Qatar he realizes he has become part of a significant, little understood movement to introduce liberal, Western values into traditional societies. Written with a sharp sense of humor, The Doha Experiment offers a unique perspective on where the region is going and clearly illustrates why Americans need to understand this clash of civilizations.
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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781510721722
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 11/14/2017
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 619,165
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Gary Wasserman taught at The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in China and at Columbia University, George Mason University, and Medgar Evers College, CUNY. He has also worked as a Washington communications consultant. He has written for the Washington Post, the New York Times, Foreign Policy,Political Science Quarterly and the Chronicle of Higher Eduction. He is a frequent TV political commentator and the author of a bestselling American politics textbook, now in its 15th edition.
Dick Durbin is the senior US senator from Illinois. First elected to the seat in 1997, he has been the Senate Democratic Whip since 2005. Senator Durbin resides in Springfield, Illinois.

Table of Contents

Foreword xi

Introduction: A Jewish Guy Walks into a Catholic School in an Arab Country xv

Chapter 1 Preparing for the Worst: The Early Years 1

Chapter 2 Onward, Liberal Scholars: Georgetown Comes to Arabia 18

Chapter 3 Qatar: A Brief History of a Brief Country 43

Chapter 4 Learning and Teaching in Qatar 62

Chapter 5 On Women and Girls and Abayas 80

Chapter 6 On America: My Country 'Tis of This 102

Chapter 7 Teaching While Jewish 127

Chapter 8 The Expat Bubble 148

Chapter 9 Freedom as a Teachable Moment 172

Chapter 10 Qatar's Migrant Majority 194

Chapter 11 Does American Liberal Education Have a Future Abroad? 214

Chapter 12 Time to Go 233

Notes 245

Acknowledgments 250

Index 252

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