Ohio College Adds ‘Saffron Dreams’ to Literature Course

Owens Community College in Ohio has added the novel Saffron Dreams to its course American Multicultural Literature.

Saffron Dreams is being used in universities across the nation by professors of Women and Gender Studies, Religion, South Asian Studies, and more. Several academic institutions have adopted Saffron Dreams as a course study or recommended reading, including the University of California Los Angeles, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Indiana University, Boston University, and George Washington University.

Pakistani-born Shaila Abdullah, author of Saffron Dreams, currently lives in Austin, Texas. Her award-winning novel Saffron Dreams explores the tragedy of 9/11 from the perspective of a Muslim widow. Abdullah’s debut book Beyond the Cayenne Wall is a collection of stories about Pakistani women struggling to find their individualities despite the barriers imposed by society. She has received several awards for her work, including the Golden Quill Award, Norumbega Jury Prize for Outstanding Fiction, DIY Award, Reader Views Award, Written Art Award, and a grant from Hobson Foundation

Most recently, it was added to the course American Multicultural Literature (ENG215) at Owens Community College in Toledo, Ohio. This course, currently taught by professor Cory Hoover, provides an overview of writings of the multicultural groups in America, addressing both sociological and aesthetic implications of those works. It emphasizes effective reading of essays, novels, short stories, poems and viewing of plays and films by African American, Hispanic American, Native American and Asian American writers; discussing these works; and creating written responses

To date, over 200 libraries have acquired Saffron Dreams. Instructors may request a desk or reading copy by sending inquiries to info@ModernHistoryPress.com. Please include a link to your faculty/staff page or course schedule at the institution to which you are affiliated.

Read a recent interview of Shaila Abdullah at the Journal of Humanitarian Affairs