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Reading Iraq

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What exactly is Iraq As a dramatic new era of Iraqi politics unfolds Muhsin AlMusawi seeks to understand it by dissecting the countrys cultural anay The first major work of its kind Reading Iraq explores the profound connection between identity and power in Iraqs history and in doing so provides a context for understanding todays complicated struggles Drawing on a mixture of high and popular forms of expression AlMusawi identifies the prevalent tropes of Iraqi culture such as symbols of redemptive suffering amongst the Shiites or courage amongst the Bedouins He examines these symbols in historical and political context arguing that establishing legitimacy in Iraq is a question of being able to read and respond to a wide variety of cultural signals AlMusawi begins by looking at the British attempt to establish constitutional monarchy in the first half of the 20th century Whilst the British and their allies talked of parliament and flags they failed to notice that sites of social power and authority had moved away from them towards the mosques and the tribal assemblies His focus then moves to the Saddam Husseins selfstyled Baathist secular nationalism AlMusawi explains how although expressions of sectarian and religious identity were initially subsumed into a pannational dialogue on the future of Iraq these cultural modes resurfaced as the gulf widened between the leadership and the people Despite this differentiation of cultural and political identities AlMusawi discerns a genuine collective consciousness in Iraq This is not the nationalist discourse artificially constructed by Saddam Hussein but a common sense of heritage and of oppression forged and reforged with each historical moment Whilst the political history of modern Iraq is characterised by occupation and dictatorship in its cultural history AlMusawi traces independence pride and resistance It is this dialectic of power and cultural memory which will shape the future of the country and Reading Iraq offers new ways of understanding
  • Dział: Literatura obcojęzyczna
  • Wydawnictwo: I.B. TAURIS
  • Oprawa: miękka
  • ISBN: 978-1-84511-070-3
  • Wprowadzono: 24.06.2008

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