Mehmet Ali Sanlikol On Muslim Identity In Boston And 'Othello In The Sergalio'

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Composer and Emerson College professor Mehmet Ali Sanlikol has lived in Boston for over 20 years, but he says he's never felt the conundrum he's experiencing these days as a Muslim in Boston and in the United States. He hopes that his coffeehouse opera, "Othello in the Sergalio," will help to expand perspectives on Islam in Boston and beyond.

"Othello in the Seraglio" will be performed Wednesday at OBERON and April 8 at National Sawdust in Brooklyn.


Mehmet Ali Sanlikol, composer, Emerson College professor, president of DUNYA.


Radio Boston: Re-Imagining Othello As A Multi-Cultural, Intimate Opera

  • "Shakespeare’s Othello is a familiar story of love, power, jealousy, and manipulation, but you’ve never heard it like this before. A new production melds three languages — English, Italian, and Turkish — for a musical retelling of the familiar tragedy, tapping into Ottoman folklore."

International Business Times: Meet The Muslim Americans Voting For Donald Trump, Including An Activist Suing The NYPD Over Surveillance

  • "You would be hard-pressed to find someone more passionate about protecting the civil rights of American Muslims than 39-year-old Farhaj Hassan. A U.S. Army reservist who was deployed to Iraq, Hassan, who lives in Helmetta, New Jersey, is the lead plaintiff in a landmark lawsuit against the city of New York for its police department’s blanket surveillance program of Muslims in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. The impetus for the lawsuit, says Hassan, a devout Shiite Muslim, stems from his patriotism and his belief that people should not be treated like suspects simply because of their faith."

This segment aired on March 2, 2016.


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