My present location at NYU Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates makes today’s chapter — “The Ramadan” — particularly interesting to me. So there’s another long rumination over at To date, I’ve spent more time thinking about how Melville uses Zoroastrian ideas in the novel, but I’m hoping that my class on Moby-Dick next term here in Abu Dhabi will provide an occasion to do more research and thinking about the influence of Islamic thought on Melville’s novel.

“The Ramadan” is read by Warren Cole. Today’s illustration is Herman Melville (2005; oil on canvas, 183.5 x 212 cms) by Dexter Dalwood (copyright the artist and Gagosian Gallery).

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