When Nelson Mandela was a prisoner on Robben Island, he signed his name next to a passage from Julius Caesar about courage when facing death. How do readers' lives influence their reading experience? Islam Issa powerfully brings the personal, the literary and the political together as he challenges us to expand our literary and cultural horizons. We must expand our empathy for other human beings, including Arab-Muslim readers, who we unjustly dismiss as inferior or ignorant.
Dr Islam Issa in a University tutor and researcher of English Literature. He is an award-winning author on how Early Modern English Literature is read in the Arab-Muslim world, and advises BBC Drama on Arabic translations and pronunciations in their scripts.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx