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Title: When Muslims read Milton : an investigation of the problems encountered by teachers and students in a sample of British and Pakistani universities
Author: Awan, Mahe Nau Munir
ISNI:       0000 0004 2742 2596
Awarding Body: University of Surrey
Current Institution: University of Surrey
Date of Award: 2012
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The mam aim of the thesis is to explore issues raised by teaching Paradise Lost in Muslim/multi-faith scenarios. Milton's poem was chosen because it is an overtly Christian text that is taught across the globe in Higher Education Institutions to students of different cultural and religious backgrounds. In particular, this study analyses the character of Eve and the narrative of creation as presented in Paradise Lost, and explores them both through feminism and Quranic feminism, as well as by a detailed analysis of present-day teaching methodologies as experienced by academics and students in the UK and Pakistan. The first half of the thesis examines relevant critical approaches to Paradise Lost and deals with my own close readings, while the second half of the thesis investigates the cross- cultural teaching perceptions of academics through interviews and explores Muslim students' experience by the use of questionnaires. No previous research has explored the ways in which Muslim students read and experience Paradise Lost from a religious and cultural perspective, therefore this research as a first full-length study, breaks new ground and examines Pakistani- Muslim and British-Muslim students' attitudes towards this Christian epic. The research focuses on the key issues of Paradise Lost, such as the scenarios pre- and post -fall, the sensuous nudity of Eve, rape, and the concept of redemption, in order to undertake a comparative analysis of Christianity and Islam from the Muslim perspective. As the current political situation between the Muslim and Western worlds has become increasingly fraught, it is critical to look further at the influence of English literature on Muslims in order to deepen trans-cultural and trans-religious understanding and build bridges. The study intends to contribute to that overall aim by suggesting the way in which academics in both the UK and Pakistan could modify the culturally-specific pedagogical approaches when teaching a Christian text to Muslim/multi-faith students. If utilised, this might serve to create a better understanding of the difference between Christian and Islamic literary texts which might, in turn, promote increased reciprocity - not only in academic circles but for the wider political scenario.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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