Common Assignment:Cor330-05

Chris Duplay



Common Assignment


Wadi Rum is an area in Jordan you have probably never heard of before, and neither had I until my artifact analysis project. After staring at the photograph provided for the project and doing a little research, I realized I was looking at what I believe to be a group of climbers somewhere in the Wadi Rum area of Southern Jordan. Jordan has a strong community of Arab and Beudin climbers coming from all over the middle east to seek sanctuary from terror on these beautiful big wall sandstone climbs which is why I believe this is what we’re looking at in this photograph.


You have everything that you would need for this to be a rock climbing site based off my knowledge as a rock climber and research done on the area. Beautiful rock surrounding the camp site as well as off in the distance and it looks like rock (sandstone) that is great for climbing. You have vehicles that rock climbers typically tend to have (off roading vehicles) for being able to get to certain places and allowing them to access the places they want, and you also have a shelter that looks like it could be taken down and set up pretty easily. If the shelter is not easily to be taken down (it looks like is but lets say its not) it could be a base camp at a crag. These are not unheard of for crags that are hours out of civilization like you would find in the middle east. A lot of climbers also live a nomadic lifestyle, living out of their car/van being able to travel wherever they want, whenever they want, and typically they have the kinds of vehicles that are in the picture. All of this leaves me to believe they are climbers enjoying the beautiful Jordanian sandstone.


Works cited


Prichard-Bouchard, Nancy. “Roped Up in Arabia: Rock Climbing in Jordan.” Climbing Magazine, 28 Mar. 2016,


One thought on “Common Assignment:Cor330-05

  1. Rachel Meifert

    The culture of Jordan puts a great deal of value on honor, and the short story I analyzed for our common assignment was a great, if problematic, example of this. More than just honor, it delved into relations between foreigners to the country, specifically the huge refugee population, and natives to Jordan. Conflict arises between a refugee and a Bedoin man when the Bedoin takes advantage of the culture’s deep set hospitality to drag the honor of the refugee man down. The struggle between core ideals, that of serving his guest and maintaining his own honor, all the while caught up in the knowledge that he is the outsider being put in a hard place by his landlord, is well narrated, giving a view of the inner workings of this struggle. It addresses an attitude of native citizens toward refugees as second class, an issue we covered many times in discussion of both Palestinians and Syrians in Jordan. It also raises concern about problematic attitudes toward women, as one of the three characters is a woman, and yet is never given a name, as well as being treated as an object. She is treated as a pawn in the battle for honor even as we are given glances of her humanity, her outrage, her fear.

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