The Journey of Ibn Fattouma
1. Explain the government of M ashriq.
One thing that was overtaking in the government was poverty and slavery. If a poor person was sick then they did not have any doctors to heal them so they had to rely on the strength from within themselves to get better. Also the thought of nakedness played a huge role. Everywhere you look there are people either completely naked or half naked like in loincloths. One more thing that I noticed was that there was a presence of a hierarchy and there was an overlord that ruled over all and had the upper hand when it came to governmental decisions.
2. Explain the religion on Mashriq.
One thing I saw that played a big part in the religion was the land of idolatry which is where they traverse to take on prayers and learn more about the gods. Another thing I found very interesting was the idea of punishment. When Fattouma enters the inn and asks if he is allowed to pray in his room, he is told that he might risk punishment which I guess is what happens if you pray when not commanded to do so. This shows how in the Islamic culture people idolize their rules and regulations and have to abide by them no matter the time or setting
3. Explain the social structure, focusing on the relationships between men and women, and the family unit.
On top there is the overlord, then the advisors, the commoners, and then the slaves. This chapter mostly focused on Arousa and her relationship with Fattouma. She was a slave and got to know him. At first her father asked if he admired her and while astonished and confused with this question, Fattouma suddenly has her in his arms which shows that the father has most of the say in the family and can give over her daughter to anyone he pleases fit. Later on the Overlord wont allow them to marry and Fattouma has to rent him which reminds us back to when his other wife was taken by the government which further proves my point that there is a hierarchy and the overlord gets most if not all of the say.
4. Though he finds happiness in Mashriq, what inner conflict does Qindil continue to have How does he deal with it, and what is the result
When Qindil finds Arousa, she is completely naked and tempting, which in his culture is strictly forbidden and can get severely punished for it. He wants to cover up her nakedness which fixs the problem but he still has to deal with the problem of all the people in the town being poor. Weve seen that from him in the first chapter, the whole reason he went on the quest was to heal his homeland from poverty and other cruel things.
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