Visual Culture in the Modern Middle East

Visual Culture in the Modern Middle East : Rhetoric of the Image

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This timely book examines the power and role of the image in modern Middle Eastern societies. The essays explore the role and function of image making to highlight the ways in which the images "speak" and what visual languages mean for the construction of Islamic subjectivities, the distribution of power, and the formation of identity and belonging. Visual Culture in the Modern Middle East addresses aspects of the visual in the Islamic world, including the presentation of Islam on television; on the internet and other digital media; in banners, posters, murals, and graffiti; and in the satirical press, cartoons, and children's more

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  • Paperback | 376 pages
  • 150 x 228 x 22mm | 539.99g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 22 color illus., 79 b&w illus.
  • 0253008883
  • 9780253008886
  • 1,482,333

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Gruber and Haugbolle have provided a helpful and engaging introduction to the study of visual culture in the Middle East. For lay readers, this volume could provide a starting point for a deeper understanding of the relatively crude discourse over the use of images in these cultures, and inspire a more determined engagement with the visual production of the Middle East. * H-AMCA * Visual Culture contributes to filling a gap in knowledge and understanding concerning how images are articulated locally, statewide, and regionally, as well as imported and re-articulated in the modern Middle East. This work moves the study of Islamic art forward from the twentieth to the twenty-first century by engaging the role of visual culture through the framework of formations of secular and Islamist registers in public culture. * 360 Degrees *show more

About Christiane Gruber

Christiane Gruber is Associate Professor of Islamic Art, Department of Art History, University of Michigan. Sune Haugbolle is Associate Professor in Global Studies and Sociology at the Department for Society and Globalization at Roskilde more

Table of contents

IntroductionI. "Moving" Images1. Images of the Prophet Muhammad In and Out of Modernity: The Curious Case of a 2008 Mural in Tehran /Christiane J. Gruber 2. Secular Domesticities, Shiite Modernities: Khomeini's Illustrated Tawzh al-Masail /Pamela Karimi 3. Memory and Ideology: Images of Saladin in Syria and Iraq /Stefan Heidemann 4. "You Will (Not) Be Able to Take Your Eyes Off It!": Mass-Mediated Images and Politico-Ethical Reform in the Egyptian Islamic Revival /Patricia Kubala II. Islamist Iconographies5. The Muslim "Crying Boy" in Turkey: Aestheticization and Politicization of Suffering in Islamic Imagination /OEzlem Sava 6. The New Happy Child in Islamic Picture Books in Turkey /Umut Azak 7. Sadrabiliyya: The Visual Narrative of Muqtada Al-Sadr's Islamist Politics and Insurgency in Iraq /Ibrahim Al-Marashi 8. The Martyr's Fading Body: Propaganda vs. Beautification in the Tehran Cityscape /Ulrich Marzolph III. Satirical Contestations9. Pushing Out Islam: Cartoons of the Reform Period in Turkey (1923-1930) /Yasemin Gencer 10. Blasphemy or Critique?: Secularists and Islamists in Turkish Cartoon Images /Pinar Batur and John VanderLippe 11. Naji al-Ali and the Iconography of Arab Secularism /Sune Haugbolle IV. Authenticity and Reality in Trans-National Broadcasting12. Arab Television Drama Production and the Islamic Public Sphere /Christa Salamandra13. Saudi-Islamist Rhetorics about Visual Culture /Marwan Kraidy BibliographyNotes on Contributors Indexshow more

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