Comparative book paper on Sabriya  and  Houses Under the Trees

Comparative book paper on Sabriya  and  Houses Under the Trees. 

First, write a plot summary of each novel, identifying the key characters. This should be less than a page for each book. 

Then , cover these topics for each book, giving specific examples from the novels: 

1)Significance of the historical context to the novel. ( Sabriya is set during the Syrian revolt against the French in 1925-27. Houses is set in Egypt during the l967 war with Israel. You might read up on both of these topics in Goldschmidt to understand the background). 

2)Gender issues:, e.g. relationships between men and women, men and men, and women and women, expectations of each, marriage,  role in family 

          3)   Role of religion 

4)Socio-economic factors: class, occupations,  urban or rural setting, lifestyle, etc. 

5) What are the advantages and disadvantages of using historical fiction to study the Middle East? Explain why.