Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Special Issue on Literature No. 4 October, 2016                       Pp. 97-107

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Shakespeare’s Othello and the Challenges of Multiculturalism 

   Mohssine Nachit
School of Arts and Humanities
Moulay Ismail University
Meknes, Morocco


Though Shakespeare is an Elizabethan playwright, his plays still resonate with our contemporary world. The parallels between Othello and the failure of intercultural communication and integration of Muslim Diaspora in western countries are strikingly identical. This paper explores how and why in Shakespeare’s time and ours a multicultural mindset and culture have not succeeded to eradicate ethnocentrism, stereotype and fanaticism. Thus conflict, violence and misunderstanding between individuals belonging to different cultural and religious communities are still ravaging multicultural societies. It also aims to promote a humanistic perception of the other that celebrates difference and diversity rather than sameness and uniformity.
Keywords: diversity, ethnocentrism, intercultural communication, multiculturalism, stereotype


Mohssine Nachit is a PhD holder from La Sorbonne University. Since 1993, he has been
teaching at Moulay Ismail University in Meknes/Morocco. He is now the coordinator of
Intercultural Communication and Dialogue research group as well as Communication in
Contexts: Culture and Dialogue Master’s program. His fields of interest are cultural/visual
studies, intercultural communication and contemporary Moroccan culture.