The Academy Encounters Popular Culture
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By  Pamela Nice   Mass Mediations: New Approaches to Popular Culture in the Middle East and Beyond Edited by Walter Armbrust University of California Press, Berkeley, 2000    This collection of academic essays intends to fill a gap in the literature on Middle Eastern culture. Scholars from the fields of anthropology, history, and ethnomusicology, among others, analyze various aspects of popular culture (defined as "art and 'entertainment' . . . in their mass mediated forms") in the Middle East, Pakistan, Morocco, and two diasporic Middle Eastern communities in the U.S. E ..read more
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Twin Sisters Tell a Familiar Tale: Growing Up Arab American in the Aftermath of September 11
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by Nasher
7M ago
By  Lynne Rogers Author Aisha Abdel Gawad.   Between Two Moons: A Novel By Aisha Abdel Gawad Doubleday, 2023   With her debut novel “Between Two Moons,” Aisha Abdel Gawad joins her Arab Anglophone sisters in writing: Isabella Hammad, Susan Abulhawa, Hala Aylan, Laila Lalami, and others. Like those before her, Gawad writes with acute attention to detail as her narrative follows the tribulations of an Arab American family in Brooklyn, New York, after 9/11. The subsequent surveillance of Arab Americans hovers over the Arab neighborhood, and the insidious effects of that surveil ..read more
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New Book Examines ‘Solidarity Tourism’ in Palestine as the ‘Voice of the People’
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by Nasher
7M ago
By  Lynne Rogers FFIP Tour, Lifta, Palestine, photographed by Jennifer Lynn Kelly.   Invited to Witness: Solidarity Tourism across Occupied Palestine By Jennifer Lynn Kelly Duke University Press, 2023   In her book “Invited to Witness: Solidarity Tours across Occupied Palestine,” Jennifer Lynn Kelly explores an aspect of the recent phenomena of trauma/tragedy travel by focusing on the solidarity tours in Occupied Palestine. Even though Palestinians were legally prohibited from being tour guides from 1967 to 1994, today, Palestinians have turned tourism into a peaceful weapon ..read more
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Working through War: Women Tell Their Stories through the Arts
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by Nasher
7M ago
By  Lynne Rogers “After the Bombing” (1977) by Seta Manoukian, which appears in “Women’s War Stories.”   Women’s War Stories: The Lebanese Civil War, Women’s Labor, and the Creative Arts Edited by Michelle Hartman and Malek Abisaab Syracuse University Press, 2022   In “Women’s War Stories: The Lebanese Civil War, Women’s Labor, and the Creative Arts,” editors Michelle Hartman and Malek Abisaab curated six essays that begin to address the lack of scholarship on the role of women during the 15-year Lebanese civil war (1975-1990). As part of a larger project that includes a col ..read more
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Escaping the Israeli Nightmare
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by Nasher
7M ago
By  Pamela Nice Web-based photograph of author Ramsey Hanhan. “At the time of this review, Israeli bombs are raining down on the civilians of Gaza, and the wounded and starving are dying by the thousands. It is more important than ever for us to know those people we have pretended don’t exist: the Palestinians. As horrendous as the Hamas attack was, Israel’s narrative attempts to “de-contextualize and de-historicize” it, as Israeli historian Ilan Pappe has said, and to label October 7 as Israel’s 9/11 is yet another attempt to erase the Occupation. Focusing on the West Bank, Ramsey H ..read more
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‘details stolen from the heavens’: Rich Anthology of Love Poems Spotlights New Generation of Anglophone Arab Writers
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by Nasher
7M ago
By  Angele Ellis From left to right, web-based photographs of editors Hala Alyan and Zeina Hashem Beck. We Call to the Eye & the Night: Love Poems by Writers of Arab Heritage Edited by Hala Alyan and Zeina Hashem Beck Persea Books, 2023   Reading the two hundred poems in “We Call to the Eye & the Night” — an anthology that contains the work of 85 contemporary Anglophone poets of Arab heritage — gives the reader the sensation of gazing into a brilliant night sky, one that is both familiar and strange. Venus, whose association with the goddess of love animates this book, s ..read more
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With Cutting-Edge Scholarship, New Reader ‘Sajjilu’ Challenges Traditional, Homogenous Archive Representations of Arab American Studies
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by Nasher
7M ago
By Lynne Rogers From left to right, editors Louise Cainkar, Pauline Homsi Vinson, and Amira Jarmakani. As part of their Critical Arab American Studies, Syracuse University’s “Sajjilu Arab American: A Reader in SWANA Studies” celebrates the emerging field of Arab American, Southwest Asian, and North African Studies not by “canonization but rather by inquiry and exploration.” This collection of 39 essays offers a comprehensive and scholarly introduction to the field and highlights the interdisciplinary anti-racist, anti-imperialist, and feminist perspectives of this growing and innovative fie ..read more
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‘Dunya', New Novel by Alawiyah Sobh: A Look into Pandora’s Mid-Eastern Box
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by Nasher
7M ago
By  Rafif Rida Sidawi   Dunya (Life) By Alawiyah Sobh Dar Al Adab (Beirut), 2006   In her new novel, “Dunya” (Life), recently published in Beirut by Dar Al Adab, author Alawiyah Sobh offers a radical critique of contemporary society. In her previous novel, “Maryam Al Hakaya” (The Stories of Maryam), Sobh offered a similar critique of the past, of her grandparents’ generation, and exposed a history of social hypocrisy and covert violence that has dictated relationships between individuals and groups in the Arab patriarchal structure.   In his book “The Patriarchal System ..read more
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