F304 Winter 2019 The Enigmatic Sultan Moulay Ismail
Thursdays, 9:40–11:05, Jan. 24–Feb. 7
Instructor: Elisabeth Wolpert
Sultan Moulay Ismail of Morocco, a contemporary of King Louis XIV of France, dreamt of becoming as powerful as the Sun King. The two monarchs had much in common. Both were representatives of long dynasties and were fierce defenders of their respective prestigious nations. Both mastered political maneuvering, weaponry, intrigues of the court, and seduction used to ensure men’s loyalty and conquer women. Their lives were marked by battles, bloodshed, and passionate affairs. We shall try to answer a simple question: Who was the real Moulay Ismail—an Arabian tyrant or a visionary monarch, the true sun king of Morocco? If you want to visit Morocco, a country with a legendary destiny, this course is for you.
Elisabeth Wolpert was born and educated in France, and her doctoral thesis dealt with 16th-century French literature. She enjoys being at OLLI, where she has taught several courses.