Epic Encounters

Culture, Media, and U.S. Interests in the Middle East Since 1945
Author: Melani McAlister
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520244993
Category: History
Page: 407
View: 3196
Examines how popular culture has shaped the ways Americans define their "interests" in the Middle East. Author McAlister argues that U.S. foreign policy, while grounded in material and military realities, is also developed in a cultural context. American understandings of the region are framed by narratives that draw on religious belief, news media accounts, and popular culture. This book skillfully weaves readings of film, media, and music with a rigorous analysis of U.S. foreign policy, race politics, and religious history.--From publisher description.

Clio and the Poets

Augustan Poetry and the Traditions of Ancient Historiography
Author: David S. Levene,Damien P. Nelis
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9789004117822
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 396
View: 9195
In this book seventeen leading scholars examine the interaction between historiography and poetry in the Augustan age: how poets drew on or reacted against historians presentation of the world, and how, conversely, historians transformed poetic themes for their own ends.

What Would Jesus Read?

Popular Religious Books and Everyday Life in Twentieth-Century America
Author: Erin A. Smith
Publisher: UNC Press Books
ISBN: 1469621339
Category: Religion
Page: 410
View: 1971
Since the late nineteenth century, religiously themed books in America have been commercially popular yet scorned by critics. Working at the intersection of literary history, lived religion, and consumer culture, Erin A. Smith considers the largely unexplored world of popular religious books, examining the apparent tension between economic and religious imperatives for authors, publishers, and readers. Smith argues that this literature served as a form of extra-ecclesiastical ministry and credits the popularity and longevity of religious books to their day-to-day usefulness rather than their theological correctness or aesthetic quality. Drawing on publishers' records, letters by readers to authors, promotional materials, and interviews with contemporary religious-reading groups, Smith offers a comprehensive study that finds surprising overlap across the religious spectrum--Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish, liberal and conservative. Smith tells the story of how authors, publishers, and readers reconciled these books' dual function as best-selling consumer goods and spiritually edifying literature. What Would Jesus Read? will be of interest to literary and cultural historians, students in the field of print culture, and scholars of religious studies.

"Evil" Arabs in American Popular Film

Orientalist Fear
Author: Tim Jon Semmerling
Publisher: University of Texas Press
ISBN: 029271341X
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 303
View: 7266
The "evil" Arab has become a stock character in American popular films, playing the villain opposite American "good guys" who fight for "the American way." It's not surprising that this stereotype has entered American popular culture, given the real-world conflicts between the United States and Middle Eastern countries, particularly since the oil embargo of the 1970s and continuing through the Iranian hostage crisis, the first and second Gulf Wars, and the ongoing struggle against al-Qaeda. But when one compares the "evil" Arab of popular culture to real Arab people, the stereotype falls apart. In this thought-provoking book, Tim Jon Semmerling further dismantles the "evil" Arab stereotype by showing how American cultural fears, which stem from challenges to our national ideologies and myths, have driven us to create the "evil" Arab Other. Semmerling bases his argument on close readings of six films (The Exorcist, Rollover, Black Sunday, Three Kings, Rules of Engagement, and South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut), as well as CNN's 9/11 documentary America Remembers. Looking at their narrative structures and visual tropes, he analyzes how the films portray Arabs as threatening to subvert American "truths" and mythic tales—and how the insecurity this engenders causes Americans to project evil character and intentions on Arab peoples, landscapes, and cultures. Semmerling also demonstrates how the "evil" Arab narrative has even crept into the documentary coverage of 9/11. Overall, Semmerling's probing analysis of America's Orientalist fears exposes how the "evil" Arab of American popular film is actually an illusion that reveals more about Americans than Arabs.

The Cambridge Companion to American Islam

Author: Juliane Hammer,Omid Safi
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 110743386X
Category: Religion
Page: 350
View: 5671
The Cambridge Companion to American Islam offers a scholarly overview of the state of research on American Muslims and American Islam. The book presents the reader with a comprehensive discussion of the debates, challenges and opportunities that American Muslims have faced through centuries of American history. This volume also covers the creative ways in which American Muslims have responded to the myriad serious challenges that they have faced and continue to face in constructing a religious praxis and complex identities that are grounded in both a universal tradition and the particularities of their local contexts. The book introduces the reader to some of the many facets of the lives of American Muslims that can only be understood in their interactions with Islam's entanglement in the American experiment.

The Greatest-Ever Boxing Matches

100 Epic Encounters from the History of Boxing
Author: Peter Brooke-Ball,Derek O'Dell
Publisher: Southwater Pub
ISBN: 9781844767717
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 128
View: 5310
This is the ultimate companion for any serious boxing fan. Thousands of facts, stories, anecdotes and statistics make it a superb reference source, while over 250 illustrations bring to life the passion of the greatest moments in the sport's history.

The Great Fights

80 Epic Encounters from the History of Boxing
Author: Peter Brooke-Ball,Derek O'Dell,Oswald Frederick Snelling
Publisher: Southwater Pub
ISBN: 9781842153833
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 128
View: 6815
Highlights the contests that have created the core of boxing lore.

Brave Adventures: Epic Encounters in the Animal Kingdom

Author: Coyote Peterson
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0316452394
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 256
View: 1572
Wildlife expert and YouTube phenomenon, Coyote Peterson, is back with the sequel to the bestselling Brave Adventures: Wild Animals in a Wild World. Once again, Coyote and his crew voyage to new environments and encounter an even more eclectic ensemble of the planets' animals. From a slimy octopus to elusive tree climbing lizards to nomadic wolverines--this book promises to be another fast-paced, wild experience. Coyote will take readers for a hike through a snake infested island, kayak the ocean to discover a migrating pod of killer whales, and track a pride of lions across the South African savanna! You don't want to miss these never-before-told brave adventures, guaranteed to be a hit with Coyote's 13 million fans as well as animal lovers around the world! Includes over one hundred hand-drawn, black-and-white illustrations throughout.

Krieg und Bürgerkrieg bei Lucan und in der griechischen Literatur

Studien zur Rezeption der attischen Tragödie und der hellenistischen Dichtung im "Bellum civile"
Author: Annemarie Ambühl
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
ISBN: 3110390361
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 496
View: 833
In seinem Bürgerkriegsepos fiktionalisiert Lucan den historischen Stoff in einer intensiven literarischen Auseinandersetzung mit seinen Vorgängern, die bisher meist anhand seines Verhältnisses zur Geschichtsschreibung und zur römischen Epik untersucht worden ist. Die vorliegende Studie schließt eine Lücke der Lucan-Forschung, indem sie den Blick über die Sprach- und Gattungsgrenzen hinweg auf die Rezeption der griechischen Literatur richtet, insbesondere der attischen Tragödie und der hellenistischen Dichtung. Am Beispiel ausgewählter Passagen wird die Bedeutung von mythisch-literarischen Modellen wie dem Troianischen Krieg und dem Bruderkrieg um Theben für Lucans epische Gestaltung des Bürgerkriegsthemas aufgezeigt. Mittels intertextueller und narratologischer Analysen wird die Adaptation und Transformation der griechischen Prätexte untersucht, die im Bellum civile sowohl direkt als auch in der Vermittlung über lateinische Texte, etwa die Tragödien Senecas, rezipiert sind. Dabei soll auch der Frage nachgegangen werden, in welcher Weise in unterschiedlichen historischen und gesellschaftlichen Kontexten der antiken Kultur Kriegs- und Bürgerkriegserfahrungen im Medium des Mythos und der Dichtung gespiegelt werden.

Walking Where Jesus Walked

American Christians and Holy Land Pilgrimage
Author: Hillary Kaell
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 0814771742
Category: Religion
Page: 288
View: 1793
Since the 1950s, millions of American Christians have traveled to the Holy Land to visit places in Israel and the Palestinian territories associated with Jesus’s life and death. Why do these pilgrims choose to journey halfway around the world? How do they react to what they encounter, and how do they understand the trip upon return? This book places the answers to these questions into the context of broad historical trends, analyzing how the growth of mass-market evangelical and Catholic pilgrimage relates to changes in American Christian theology and culture over the last sixty years, including shifts in Jewish-Christian relations, the growth of small group spirituality, and the development of a Christian leisure industry. Drawing on five years of research with pilgrims before, during and after their trips, Walking Where Jesus Walked offers a lived religion approach that explores the trip’s hybrid nature for pilgrims themselves: both ordinary—tied to their everyday role as the family’s ritual specialists, and extraordinary—since they leave home in a dramatic way, often for the first time. Their experiences illuminate key tensions in contemporary US Christianity between material evidence and transcendent divinity, commoditization and religious authority, domestic relationships and global experience. Hillary Kaell crafts the first in-depth study of the cultural and religious significance of American Holy Land pilgrimage after 1948. The result sheds light on how Christian pilgrims, especially women, make sense of their experience in Israel-Palestine, offering an important complement to top-down approaches in studies of Christian Zionism and foreign policy.

Cinematic Terror

A Global History of Terrorism on Film
Author: Tony Shaw
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 144115809X
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 328
View: 5627
Cinematic Terror takes a uniquely long view of filmmakers' depiction of terrorism, examining how cinema has been a site of intense conflict between paramilitaries, state authorities and censors for well over a century. In the process, it takes us on a journey from the first Age of Terror that helped trigger World War One to the Global War on Terror that divides countries and families today. Tony Shaw looks beyond Hollywood to pinpoint important trends in the ways that film industries across Europe, North and South America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East have defined terrorism down the decades. Drawing on a vast array of studio archives, government documentation, personal interviews and box office records, Shaw examines the mechanics of cinematic terrorism and challenges assumptions about the links between political violence and propaganda.


Voices from the Battlefields
Author: Matthew Richardson
Publisher: Pen and Sword
ISBN: 1473826497
Category: History
Page: 304
View: 628
The opening battles on the Western Front marked a watershed in military history. A dramatic, almost Napoleonic war of movement quickly gave way to static, attritional warfare in which modern weaponry had forced the combatants to take to the earth. Some of the last cavalry charges took place in the same theatre in which armoured cars, motorcycles and aeroplanes were beginning to make their presence felt.These dramatic developments were recorded in graphic detail by soldiers who were eyewitnesses to them. There is a freshness and immediacy to their accounts which Matthew Richardson exploits in this thoroughgoing reassessment of the 1914 campaign. His vivid narrative emphasises the perspective of the private soldiers and the junior officers of the British Army, the men at the sharp end of the fighting.This title has full colour plates containing over 100 illustrations. Britain At War Magazine Book of the Month February 2014

After Pluralism

Reimagining Religious Engagement
Author: Courtney Bender,Pamela E. Klassen
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231527268
Category: Religion
Page: 416
View: 2640
The contributors to this volume treat pluralism as a concept that is historically and ideologically produced or, put another way, as a doctrine that is embedded within a range of political, civic, and cultural institutions. Their critique considers how religious difference is framed as a problem that only pluralism can solve. Working comparatively across nations and disciplines, the essays in After Pluralism explore pluralism as a "term of art" that sets the norms of identity and the parameters of exchange, encounter, and conflict. Contributors locate pluralism's ideals in diverse sites Broadway plays, Polish Holocaust memorials, Egyptian dream interpretations, German jails, and legal theories and demonstrate its shaping of political and social interaction in surprising and powerful ways. Throughout, they question assumptions underlying pluralism's discourse and its influence on the legal decisions that shape modern religious practice. Contributors do more than deconstruct this theory; they tackle what comes next. Having established the genealogy and effects of pluralism, they generate new questions for engaging the collective worlds and multiple registers in which religion operates.

Insight Turkey

Quarterly Research and Information Journal with Focus on Turkey
Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
Category: Turkey
Page: N.A
View: 8184

The Gospel of Freedom and Power

Protestant Missionaries in American Culture after World War II
Author: Sarah E. Ruble
Publisher: UNC Press Books
ISBN: 0807837423
Category: Religion
Page: 232
View: 7944
In the decades after World War II, Protestant missionaries abroad were a topic of vigorous public debate. From religious periodicals and Sunday sermons to novels and anthropological monographs, public conversations about missionaries followed a powerful yet paradoxical line of reasoning, namely that people abroad needed greater autonomy from U.S. power and that Americans could best tell others how to use their freedom. In The Gospel of Freedom and Power, Sarah E. Ruble traces and analyzes these public discussions about what it meant for Americans abroad to be good world citizens, placing them firmly in the context of the United States' postwar global dominance. Bringing together a wide range of sources, Ruble seeks to understand how discussions about a relatively small group of Americans working abroad became part of a much larger cultural conversation. She concludes that whether viewed as champions of nationalist revolutions or propagators of the gospel of capitalism, missionaries--along with their supporters, interpreters, and critics--ultimately both challenged and reinforced a rhetoric of exceptionalism that made Americans the judges of what was good for the rest of the world.

The Global Offensive

The United States, the Palestine Liberation Organization, and the Making of the Post-Cold War Order
Author: Paul Thomas Chamberlin
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199977119
Category: History
Page: 336
View: 2506
On March 21, 1968, Yasir Arafat and his guerrillas made the fateful decision to break with conventional guerrilla tactics, choosing to stand and fight an Israeli attack on the al-Karama refugee camp in Jordan. They suffered terrible casualties, but they won a stunning symbolic victory that transformed Arafat into an Arab hero and allowed him to launch a worldwide campaign, one that would reshape Cold War diplomacy and revolutionary movements everywhere. In The Global Offensive, historian Paul Thomas Chamberlin offers new insights into the rise of the Palestine Liberation Organization in its full international context. After defeat in the 1967 war, the crushing of a guerrilla campaign on the West Bank, and the attack on al-Karama, Arafat and his fellow guerilla fighters opened a global offensive aimed at achieving national liberation for the Palestinian people. In doing so, they reinvented themselves as players on the world stage, combining controversial armed attacks, diplomacy, and radical politics. They forged a network of nationalist revolutionaries, making alliances with South African rebels, Latin American insurrectionists, and Vietnamese Communists. They persuaded the United Nations to take up their agenda, and sent Americans and Soviets scrambling as these stateless forces drew new connections across the globe. "The Vietnamese and Palestinian people have much in common," General Vo Nguyen Giap would tell Arafat, "just like two people suffering from the same illness." Richard Nixon's views mirrored Giap's: "You cannot separate what happens to America in Vietnam from the Mideast or from Europe or any place else." Deftly argued and based on extensive new research, The Global Offensive will change the way we think of the history of not only the PLO, but also the Cold War and international relations since.

The Yucatan-From Prehistoric Times to the Great Maya Revolt

A Narrative History of the Origin of Maya Civilization and the Epic Encounter with Spanish Conquest
Author: Douglas T. Peck
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 9781462821013
Category: History
Page: 495
View: 2359
This book introduces an innovative and verified pattern of Maya history that follows the origin of the Olmec culture in Tabasco through its melding into and becoming the Chontal Maya/Itza of the Yucatan. The Yucatan has been the focal point and geographical crossroad of profound cultural, ethnological, and sociological change and development in Mesoamerica from ancient times to the present. This far-reaching and historically significant acculturation was brought about by two widely separated epic migrations and military conquests by foreign peoples bringing radically new, innovative, and advanced culture to the area. The first of these was the migration and military conquest by the Olmec/Chontal Maya/Itza from Tabasco bringing their written language, mathematics, architectural expertise, and religion into northern and central Yucatan. This golden age of Maya civilization, centered in the Yucatan, lasted for a millennium during which the advanced Maya culture flowered and spread south into Honduras and Guatemala and west into the highlands of Mexico. In like manner, the second migration and military conquest of the Yucatan by Spanish conquistadors also brought new and advanced cultural norms to the area. The history of the origin, development, and impact of these two momentous events constitutes the thrust of this book and is contrary to and challenges much of the currently accepted historiography related to the subject. Contrary to current consensus the book shows that the seafaring and mercantile oriented Chontal Maya/Itza from Yucatan were a populous worldly element of the Maya civilization who traveled and spread their cultural influence not only throughout continental Mesoamerica, but ventured across the seas to the islands of the Caribbean and to the shores of Southwest Florida in the territory of the Calusa Indians. Consistent with this accomplishment, they had developed naval engineering, Metallurgy, tool design, woodworking, and ship building capabilities that enabled them to construct the large composite seaworthy vessels (not just log canoes) required. And from their expertise in mathematics and astronomy they developed a sophisticated method of celestial navigation for their overseas voyages a millennium before celestial navigation was developed in Europe.

Identity Through History

Living Stories in a Solomon Islands Society
Author: Geoffrey M. White
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521533324
Category: Social Science
Page: 292
View: 9951
This book is about the construction of cultural identity through narratives of shared history. It presents an anthropological study of processes of identity formation in a Solomon Islands society deeply affected by colonisation and Christianization.