The Sultan's Tapestry
I think we need this story as much today as ever before. The recent political narrative has ripped the cover off the thinly veiled misogyny that tortures women, corrupts men, and warps our children's legacy. The argument that misogyny is deeply rooted in history is an indictment, not an endorsement and can only finally be countered by mutual respect.
In this ancient tale from Morocco, both the Sultan and Zakia, his wife rise above the traditional roles their culture dictates. The Sultan gets in touch with his feminine side without losing one bit of power and Zakia steps outside the subservient role with courage and self respect so that the two might speak a healing word to their culture.
I would hope that people of character will today write an even more compelling story for our time.