I. Race and Gender
A. Ibn Battuta’s Mali (1352)
B. Michel Montaigne’s Of Cannibals (1575)
C. Sor Juana Inez de la Cruz’s The Poet’s Answer to the Most Illustrious Sor Filotea De La Cruz (1691)
D. Lady Mary Montague’s The Turkish Embassy Letters
E. Mary Wollstonecraft’s Chapter 13 from A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
A. The readings listed above are all pertinent to either race or gender. What sets these apart, though, is the overall tone of the authors. All of these readings are observations. Judgment is passed at times, but that is primarily due to the differences between the author’s own life and the way of life that he or she is describing. Race and gender is the ...view middle of the document...
” He also appreciates the religious customs of the culture and identifies with the importance of religion, but admires the dedication the people of Mali have to their God. Something that Battuta criticizes is that all women appear before men naked. “On the twenty-seventh night of the month of Ramadan, I saw about a hundred female slaves come out with the food for the sultan’s palace, and they were nude.” The failure of the women of Mali to be conservative bothers Battuta, but he still states everything as an observation rather than a judgment. Mali represents this category the best because, like Montagu and other authors, there is passion behind the writings but the author’s purpose is to state what was happening at the time. Although race and gender become grounds for oppression and injustice, readings like Mali had no such intentions. All of the readings are thoughtful accounts of what the authors saw or what they were subject to. Opinions are laced throughout the works, but mainly only because of the impact the events described had on the authors.
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