Published: August 1, 2009
Stories are a powerful tool for relating history, tradition, and culture in societies across the world. We explored the strong storytelling tradition in the Arab world one night, and became actors in the process! After dividing into groups, we each read a story from a different part of the Arab world. We had stories from Sudan, an Ibn Battuta tale from Morocco, a Joha parable from Egypt, and even a fairy tale from the Gulf. Each group had time to learn and rehearse the story, assign characters, and choose costumes. We then reconvened for a series of one-act plays starring our own Al-Waha villagers. Some plays were touching, many had lessons to be learned, and all were hilariously acted out by the Al-Waha Players.