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Christmas at the Movies
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 242

Christmas at the Movies

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2000
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  • Publisher: I.B.Tauris

Contains essays about the role of Christmas film and highlights the celebrations of Christmas as depicted in cinema throughout different parts of the world.

Zoroastrianism
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 303

Zoroastrianism

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2011-02-15
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  • Publisher: I.B.Tauris

Zoroastrianism is one of the world's great ancient religions. In present-day Iran, significant communities of Zoroastrians (who take their name from the founder of the faith, the remarkable religious reformer Zoraoster) still practice the rituals and teach the moral precepts that once undergirded the officially state-sanctioned faith of the mighty Sasanian empire. Beyond Iran, the Zoroastrian disapora is significant especially in India, where the Gujurati-speaking community of exiles from post-Sasanian Iran call themselves "Parsis." But there are also significant Zoroastrian communities to be found elsewhere, such as in the USA, Britain, and Canada, where western cultural contexts have shape...

Generation M
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 340

Generation M

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2016
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  • Publisher: I.B.Tauris

What does it mean to be young and Muslim today? There is a segment of the world's 1.8 billion Muslims that is more influential than any other, and will shape not just the future generations of Muslims, but also the world around them: meet 'Generation M'. Tech-savvy and self-empowered, Generation M believe their identity encompasses both faith and modernity. Shelina Janmohamed, award-winning author and leading voice on Muslim youth, investigates this growing cultural phenomenon, at a time where understanding the mindset of young Muslims, and what drives them, is critical. Exploring fashion magazines, social networking and everyday consumer choices, Generation M shows how this dynamic section of our society is not only adapting to Western consumerism, but reclaiming it as its own. From the 'Mipsters' to the 'Haloodies', Halal internet dating to Muslim boy bands, Generation M are making their mark. It's time to get hijabilicious! Huffington Post 'Top 10 books about Muslims and Islam' December 2016

The Violence of the Image
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 288

The Violence of the Image

  • Categories: Art
  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2014-07-30
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  • Publisher: I.B.Tauris

Photography has visualized international relations and conflicts from the mid-nineteenth century onwards and continues to be an important medium in framing the worlds of distant and suffering others. The Violence of the Image examines the roles of image producers and the functions of photographic imagery in the documentation and communication of wars, violent conflicts and human rights issues. The book focuses on photojournalism, the premier visual genre in news media framing of international affairs through much of the twentieth century. Many photojournalists promote an ethos of critique, ethically underwritten by the idea of 'witnessing' and affective appeals to action based on displays of...

Flora of the Silk Road
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 416

Flora of the Silk Road

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2014-11-30
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  • Publisher: I.B.Tauris

The Silk Road - a name that has enchanted for centuries. Yet a well kept secret, even today, is that this fabled route linking Europe with Asia is also the most spectacular floral region on earth. Chris and Basak Gardner offer a unique pictorial celebration of the plants and scenery to be found along its 5,000 miles. Embracing Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Iran, Central Asia and China, more than five hundred of the finest wild flowers are depicted together with the beautiful landscapes in which these botanical paradises are found. With an accompanying text giving descriptions of the species, plant families and their distribution, as well as information on photographing plants in the wild, this unique book will amaze and delight not only those with an interest in the spectacular and legendary landscapes that form the Silk Road but also plantsmen and horticulturalists worldwide.

Political Animals
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 260

Political Animals

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2016
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  • Publisher: I.B.Tauris

Female filmmakers are hitting the headlines. The last five years have witnessed: the first Best Director Academy Award won by a woman; women filmmakers emerging from Saudi Arabia, Brunei, Iran, South Korea, Japan, Paraguay, Uruguay, Burkina Faso and Kenya; the first stirrings of a 'trans cinema', with the release of films that represent transgender characters and their experiences, challenging our understanding of gender and identity; feminist porn screened at public festivals; and Pussy Riot's online documentation of offline activism sending shockwaves around the world. Political Animals argues that a new wave of feminist cinema is speaking to a new audience hungry for intersectional accoun...

British Imperial
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 216

British Imperial

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2016
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  • Publisher: I.B.Tauris

"The British Empire is often misunderstood. Judgments of it differ widely, from broadly adulatory -- a 'great' enterprise, spreading 'civilization' through the world; to the blame that is often put on it for most of the world's ills today, including racism, exploitation and the problems of the Middle East. In this provocative book, Bernard Porter argues that many of these judgments arise from some fundamental misreadings of the nature, causes and effects of British imperialism, which was a more complex, ambivalent and in some ways accidental phenomenon than it is often taken to be. Drawing on his fifty years' experience of research and writing on the subject, Porter aims to clear away many of the misconceptions that surround the story of the British Empire's rise, governance and fall; and to point some ways to a fairer (though not necessarily more favourable) assessment of it. He addresses the connections of imperialism with capitalism, racism and British domestic culture, and ends with some reflections on the modern repercussions of both the Empire itself, and the myths which have sprung up around it."--

Dirt
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 272

Dirt

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2012-12-05
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  • Publisher: I.B.Tauris

Dirt – and our rituals to eradicate it – are as much a part of our everyday lives as eating, breathing and sleeping. Yet this very fact means that we seldom stop to question what we mean by dirt. What do our attitudes to dirt and cleanliness tell us about ourselves and the societies we live in? Exploring a wide variety of settings – domestic, urban, suburban and rural - the contributors expose how our ideas about dirt are intimately bound up with issues of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality and the body. The result is a a rich and challenging work that extends our understanding of historical and contemporary cultural manifestations of dirt and cleanliness.

Purity and the Forming of Religious Traditions in the Ancient Mediterranean World and Ancient Judaism
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 618

Purity and the Forming of Religious Traditions in the Ancient Mediterranean World and Ancient Judaism

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2012-11-01
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  • Publisher: BRILL

Focusing on concepts, practices and images associated with purity in the ancient Mediterranean, this volume contributes new aspects to the current discussion about the forming of religious traditions, from a comparative perspective that acknowldges individual developments, mutual exchanges, as well as transcultural processes.

A Short History of the Byzantine Empire
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 192

A Short History of the Byzantine Empire

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2014-04-30
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  • Publisher: I.B.Tauris

The Byzantine Empire was one of the most impressive imperial adventures in history. It ruled much of Europe and Asia Minor for a remarkable eleven hundred years. From Constantine's establishment of Byzantium (renamed Constantinople) as his capital in 324 CE, until the fall of the city to the Ottomans in the fifteenth century, the Byzantines became a powerhouse of literature, art, theology, medicine, law and learning. Dionysios Stathakopoulos here tells a compelling story of military conquest, alliance and reversal, including the terrifying secret weapon of 'Greek fire'. His new short history is above all a narrative of individuals: of powerful rulers like Justinian I, who recovered Italy from the Vandals and oversaw construction of Hagia Sofia (completed in 537); of his notorious queen Theodora, a courtesan who rose improbably to the highest office of imperial first lady; of the charismatic but cuckolded general Belisarius; and of the religious leaders Arius and Athanasius, whose conflicting ideas about Christ and doctrine shook the Empire to its core.