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Islamism and Cultural Expression in the Arab World

Edited by Abir Hamdar, Lindsey Moore

Routledge – 2015 – 288 pages

Series: Durham Modern Middle East and Islamic World Series

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    978-0-415-52184-0
    March 31st 2015
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Description

Whereas most studies of Islamism focus on politics and religious ideology, this book analyses the ways in which Islamism in the Arab world has been defined, reflected, transmitted and contested in a range of creative and other cultural forms. It covers a range of contexts of production and reception, from the mid-twentieth century to the present, in Arabic, English and French, including fiction, autobiography, feature films, television series, television reportage, the press and new media. Throughout, the book highlights the multiple forms and contested interpretations of Islamism in the Arab world, that is the Middle East and North Africa, exploring trends and tensions in the ways Islamism is represented to Arab audiences. It considers repeated and idiosyncratic themes, motifs, structures of feeling and modes of engagement, and discusses the wider struggle for symbolic power in the region, outlining Islamism’s intersections and conflicts with nationalism, the left, anti-imperialism and feminism.

Contents

Introduction Abir Hamdar and Lindsey Moore Part 1: Literature 1. Islam in Arab Literature: The Struggle for Symbolic Power Sabry Hafez 2. Islamism in the Arab world: Cultural and Literary Reflections Khaled Hroub 3. The Road to Islamism: Intellectual Trajectory of an Arab Woman Hoda Elsadda 4. The Terrorist and the Doctor: Islamism and Medicine in Fiction and Film Abir Hamdar 5. Islamism in Selected North African Fiction Lindsey Moore 6. Islamism, Capitalism and Mimetic Desire in the Terrorism Novel Caroline Rooney Part 2: Visual and Popular Media 7. Islamists in Egyptian Cinema Walter Armbrust 8. Local Contexts of Islamism in Popular Media Lila Abu-Lughod 9. Al Manar and Hezbollah: Creativity, Ideology and Politics Zahera Harb 10. Political Associations of the "Veil" in the Contemporary Moroccan Independent Press Loubna Bijdiguen 11. Negotiating Islamic Tradition in Contemporary Fine Art Practices Omar Kholeif 12. Islam and Islamism: The Cultural and Symbolic Construction of Heroes and Martyrs Mohammed Ibahrine 13. Afterword Abir Hamdar and Lindsey Moore

Author Bio

Abir Hamdar is a Research Associate at Lancaster University, UK.

Lindsey Moore is a Lecturer in the Department of English and Creative Writing at Lancaster University, UK.

Name: Islamism and Cultural Expression in the Arab World (Hardback)Routledge 
Description: Edited by Abir Hamdar, Lindsey Moore. Whereas most studies of Islamism focus on politics and religious ideology, this book analyses the ways in which Islamism in the Arab world has been defined, reflected, transmitted and contested in a range of creative and other cultural forms. It covers a...
Categories: Middle East Studies, Islam - Religion, Islam