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Date of Award

Spring 5-15-2021

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


World Literature and Culture Studies

First Advisor

Rosario Hubert


This project seeks to analyze and provide commentary on primary sources portraying Arabs in diaspora and their experiences with conservatism as well as contextualizing these representations using reputable secondary sources. The research conducted focused on Hanan al-Shaykh’s novel titled Only in London as well as Ramy Youssef’s television series titled Ramy. These fictional representations were dissected in tandem with several secondary sources in order to understand the impact that the struggle with conservative beliefs and expectations has on different aspects of the lives of Arabs in diaspora. Firstly, the project considers religion and the conservative obligations and stereotypes that accompany it in the selected works. The following sections address similar conservative expectations and biases for family life, romantic life, and language, respectively. Comparisons are made between these experiences for people in North America, Europe, and South America as well as before and after the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York in 2001. The project is not meant to comment on the veracity or realism of these works, but to analyze them alongside factual histories and qualitative and quantitative observations.