In the Time of Oil

Author: Mandana Limbert
Publisher: Stanford University Press
ISBN: 0804756260
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"Compelling ethnography. Mandana Limbert offers unusual insights into contemporary Arabian Peninsula society. This is an exemplary book for a region in which such books are few and far between."--- Dale F. Elckelman, Dartmouth College --

Social Memory Silenced Voices and Political Struggle

Author: Bissell, William Cunningham
Publisher: Mkuki na Nyota Publishers
ISBN: 998708317X
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This volume focuses on the cultural memory and mediation of the 1964 Zanzibar revolution, analyzing it’s continuing reverberations in everyday life. The revolution constructed new conceptions of community and identity, race and cultural belonging, as well as instituting different ideals of nationhood, citizenship, sovereignty. As the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the revolution revealed, the official versions of events have shifted significantly over time and the legacy of the uprising is still deeply contested. In these debates, the question of Zanzibari identity remains very much at stake: Who exactly belongs in the islands and what historical processes brought them there? What are the boundaries of the nation, and who can claim to be an essential part of this imagined and embodied community? Political belonging and power are closely intertwined with these issues of identity and history—raising intense debates and divisions over precisely where Zanzibar should be situated within the national order of things in a postcolonial and interconnected world. Attending to narratives that have been overlooked, ignored, or relegated to the margins, the authors of these essays do not seek to simply define the revolution or to establish its ultimate meaning. Instead, they seek to explore the continuing echoes and traces of the revolution fifty years on, reflected in memories, media, and monuments. Inspired by interdisciplinary perspectives from anthropology, history, cultural studies, and geography, these essays foreground critical debates about the revolution, often conducted sotto voce and located well off the official stage—attending to long silenced questions, submerged doubts, rumors and secrets, or things that cannot be said.

Al Ibadiyya A Bibliography

Author: Martin H. Custers
Publisher: Georg Olms Verlag
ISBN: 3487422247
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Für eine beträchtliche Zeit war der Ibadismus ein vernachlässigtes Forschungsobjekt, sowohl im Westen, als auch in der arabischen Welt und darüber hinaus. Seit ungefähr einem Jahrzehnt ändert sich dies jedoch schnell. Immer mehr Studenten, Forscher und Wissenschaftler schenken dem Ibadismus und seiner reichen Geschichte im Maghreb, Mashriq und in der Region des Indischen Ozeans, insbesondere bei Sansibar und Ostafrika, Beachtung. Internationale Konferenzen mit allen Aspekten der al-Ibadiyya, die nicht selten durch das omanische Ministerium für Stiftungen und religiöse Angelegenheiten angeregt werden, etablieren sich zu einem wiederkehrenden Phänomen. Die Ibaditen werden nicht länger mit den Kharijis und den negativen Konnotationen, die dieser Bewegung anhaften, gleichgesetzt. Weitere Studien könnten sogar zu dem Verständnis führen, dass al-Ibadiyya als die älteste aller islamischen Madhahib angesehen werden kann. Die drei Bände Al-Ibadiyya, a Bibliography bieten ein komfortables Werkzeug im Studium des Ibadismus. Die ersten beiden Bände Ibadis of the Mashriq and Ibadis of the Maghrib, incl. Egypt, enthalten Werke von Ibadi Autoren, darunter druckfertige Werke sowie Manuskripte, die vor allem dem Ibadi Turath angehören. Neben Informationen zu den Autoren und ihren Werken finden sich sekundäre Quellen und Verweise auf verwandte Elemente in den beiden anderen Bänden; Details zu den Manuskripten werden nebst ihrer Standorte angegeben. Ein Namensindex erleichtert die Suche nach einem bestimmten Autor. Dem dritten Band dieser Bibliographie, der Sekundärliteratur, sind nicht nur Veröffentlichungen zuzuordnen, die unmittelbar und ausschließlich auf Ibadismus -Bücher, Artikel, Dissertationen und noch nicht veröffentlichte Vorträge zurückzuführen sind, es werden auch Titel berücksichtigt, die oft über indirekten Zusammenhang zum Ibadismus verfügen, wie beispielsweise Ibadi-bezogene Themen zu Djerba, dem Jabal Nafusa, Mizab, der modernen Geschichte des Oman, Sansibar usw. Diese werden noch ergänzt um zahlreiche Querverweise und verwandte Elemente innerhalb dieses Bandes wie auch der beiden anderen Bände. Ausgewählte Sachregister am Ende erleichtern die gezielte Suche. Die drei Bände dieser zweiten, überarbeiteten und erweiterten Auflage der Al-Ibadiyya Bibliographie sind das Ergebnis von Reisen nach Mizab, Djerba, Tripolitanien sowie Kairo in den frühen 1970er Jahren, auch kommen neuere Abschnitte, basierend auf der Arbeit von insgesamt sechs Monaten in den verschiedenen gut ausgestatteten Bibliotheken des Sultanats Oman, sowie dem Studium möglichst vieler Publikationen über den Ibadismus und nicht zuletzt der ausgiebigen Recherche im Internet hinzu. Al-Ibadiyya, a Bibliography sollte daher eher als ein Handbuch über den Ibadismus betrachtet werden, denn als eine bloße Bibliographie. Studienanfänger sowie erfahrene Forscher werden in diesen Bänden ein unverzichtbares Instrument für ihre Studien finden.****************For a considerable time Ibadism has been a neglected field of studies, in the West as well as in the Arab world and beyond. Since a decennium or so this is changing fast. More and more students, researchers and scholars are paying attention to Ibadism and its rich history in the Maghrib, in the Mashriq and in the region of the Indian Ocean, especially Zanzibar and East Africa. International conferences on all kinds of aspects of al-Ibadiyya, more often than not stimulated by the Omani Ministry of Awqaf and Religious Affairs, are becoming a recurring phenomenon. No longer the Ibadis are simply equated with the Kharijis and the negative connotation attached to that movement. Further studying might very well even lead to the understanding that al-Ibadiyya is the oldest of all Islamic Madhahib. The three volumes of Al-Ibadiyya, a Bibliography offer a comfortable tool in studying Ibadism. The first two volumes, Ibadis of the Mashriq and Ibadis of the Maghrib, incl. Egypt, contain works by Ibadi authors, printed works and manuscripts, mostly works which can be considered to belong to the Ibadi Turath. Information is given on the authors and on their works, with secondary sources and references to related items in the other two volumes; of manuscripts details are given as well as their locations. An index of names facilitates finding a particular author. As for the third volume of this bibliography, Secondary Literature, it does not only contain publications directly and strictly related to Ibadism -books, articles, dissertations, not yet published conference lectures, but also titles often not directly related to Ibadi works or Ibadi subjects, such as books and articles on Jerba, the Jabal Nafusa, Mizab, the modern history of Oman, Zanzibar etc., with as much cross-references as possible to related items within this volume and in the other two volumes. Selected subject indexes at the end facilitate searching. The three volumes of this second, revised and enlarged edition of Al-Ibadiyya, a Bibliography are the results of visits to Mizab, Jerba, Tripolitania and Cairo in the early 1970s, more recent work of, in all, six months in several rich libraries in the Sultanate of Oman, as well as the studying of as much as possible publications on Ibadism, and searching on the world wide web. Al-Ibadiyya, a Bibliography is to be considered a handbook on Ibadism rather than a mere bibliography. Beginning students of Ibadism as well as seasoned researchers will find this work an indispensable instrument for their studies.

A Most Masculine State

Author: Madawi Al-Rasheed
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521761042
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Goes beyond conventional tropes describing women in Saudi Arabia to probe the historical, political and religious forces thwarting their emancipation.

Oman Culture and Diplomacy

Author: Jeremy Jones
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
ISBN: 0748674632
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This book is a cultural history, offering an historical account of the formation of a distinctive Omani culture; arguing that it is in this unique culture that a specific conception and practice of diplomacy has been developed.

Gendered Lives in the Western Indian Ocean

Author: Erin E. Stiles
Publisher: Ohio University Press
ISBN: 082144543X
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Muslim communities throughout the Indian Ocean have long questioned what it means to be a “good Muslim.” Much recent scholarship on Islam in the Indian Ocean considers debates among Muslims about authenticity, authority, and propriety. Despite the centrality of this topic within studies of Indian Ocean, African, and other Muslim communities, little of the existing scholarship has addressed such debates in relation to women, gender, or sexuality. Yet women are deeply involved with ideas about what it means to be a “good Muslim.” In Gendered Lives in the Western Indian Ocean, anthropologists, historians, linguists, and gender studies scholars examine Islam, sexuality, gender, and marriage on the Swahili coast and elsewhere in the Indian Ocean. The book examines diverse sites of empowerment, contradiction, and resistance affecting cultural norms, Islam and ideas of Islamic authenticity, gender expectations, ideologies of modernity, and British education. The book’s attention to both masculinity and femininity, broad examination of the transnational space of the Swahili coast, and inclusion of research on non-Swahili groups on the East African coast makes it a unique and indispensable resource.

Dubai the City as Corporation

Author: Ahmed Kanna
Publisher: U of Minnesota Press
ISBN: 0816656304
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The politics of space and culture in Dubai in the first decade of the twenty-first century.

Buying Time

Author: Thomas F. McDow
Publisher: Ohio University Press
ISBN: 0821446096
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In Buying Time, Thomas F. McDow synthesizes Indian Ocean, Middle Eastern, and East African studies as well as economic and social history to explain how, in the nineteenth century, credit, mobility, and kinship knit together a vast interconnected Indian Ocean region. That vibrant and enormously influential swath extended from the desert fringes of Arabia to Zanzibar and the Swahili coast and on to the Congo River watershed. In the half century before European colonization, Africans and Arabs from coasts and hinterlands used newfound sources of credit to seek out opportunities, establish new outposts in distant places, and maintain families in a rapidly changing economy. They used temporizing strategies to escape drought in Oman, join ivory caravans in the African interior, and build new settlements. The key to McDow’s analysis is a previously unstudied trove of Arabic business deeds that show complex variations on the financial transactions that underwrote the trade economy across the region. The documents list names, genealogies, statuses, and clan names of a wide variety of people—Africans, Indians, and Arabs; men and women; free and slave—who bought, sold, and mortgaged property. Through unprecedented use of these sources, McDow moves the historical analysis of the Indian Ocean beyond connected port cities to reveal the roles of previously invisible people.

Faces of the State

Author: Yael Navaro-Yashin
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 9780691088457
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List of Illustrations ix Acknowledgments xi Introduction Semiconscious States: The Political and the Psychic in Urban Public Life 1 Entering the City 1 Secularism in Public Life 6 The Turkish Astronomer and the Little Prince 8 The Construction of "Turkish Culture" 10 "The Anthropology of Turkey" 12 The Not-Too-Native Anthropologist 13 Researching the Political 15 PART I: CULTURAL POLITICS 17 1. Prophecies of Culture: Rumor, Humor, and Secularist Projections about "Islamic Public Life" 19 "The Native" 19 Tales of Nightmare 22 Rumor or Reality? 29 The Issues at Stake 36 The Prophecy 40 Public Life and the Construction of "Local Culture" 42 2. The Place of Turkey: Contested Regionalism in an Ambiguous Area 44 "Turkey" as Sign 44 The History of "Region" 46 Beheadings in Saudi Arabia 51 Joining the Customs Union 55 The Place of Turkey 58 The Contest over "Region" 65 "The Middle Eastern Woman" 67 Undoing Area Studies 73 3. The Market for Identities: Buying and Selling Secularity and Islam 78 Consuming "Culture" 78 The Veil as a Commodity 82 Secularist Commodities 85 Istanbul’s New Marketplaces 90 The Islamist Department Store 94 The Trademark of Islam 98 The Force of Symbols 107 The Market for Identities 111 PART II: STATE FANTASIES 115 4. Rituals for the State: Public Statism and the Production of "Civil Society" 117 The Soldier’s Farewell 117 The Wrestler as Leviathan 122 The Flag Campaign 127 Does "Civil Society" Exist? 130 "The Transparent Reflection of Society" 137 "A Holiday of the People" 144 The Agency of "Society" 152 5. Fantasies for the State: Hype, Cynicism, and the Everyday Life of Statecraft 155 Does the "State" Exist? 155 Mundane Cynicism 166 The Truck That Crashed into the "State" 171 The Magnetism of State Crime 180 The Afterlife of the "State" 183 6. The Cult of Ataturk: The Apparition of a Secularist Leader in Uncanny Forms 188 Like a Cross That Stops the Devil . . . 190 "Visits to a Saint’s Tomb" 191 Mystical Apparitions 193 Calling Spirits 194 Numerology 195 Statues and Idols 196 Heads of State 199 Secularist Excesses 201 Notes 205 Bibliography 231 Index 241.

Memory

Author: Susannah Radstone
Publisher: Fordham Univ Press
ISBN: 082323259X
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These essays survey the histories, the theories and the fault lines that compose the field of memory research. Drawing on the advances in the sciences and in the humanities, they address the question of how memory works, highlighting transactions between the interiority of subjective memory and the larger fields of public or collective memory.