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Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (2013) 33 (1): 75–88.
Published: 01 May 2013
... as “the clearest impression” the world had of Abadan. This article is based on a paper that was presented at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, as part of the 2010 Historians of Islamic Art and Architecture symposium. © 2013 by Duke University Press 2013 The Oil City in Focus...
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Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (2013) 33 (3): 391–397.
Published: 01 December 2013
...Rajeswari Sunder Rajan Sunder Rajan’s essay responds to Gopal Guru and Sundar Sarukkai’s book The Cracked Mirror: An Indian Debate on Experience and Theory . Its primary focus is the authors’ arguments regarding the absence of original theory in the social sciences in India, and the case they make...
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Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (2014) 34 (3): 437–439.
Published: 01 December 2014
... ways in which, whether as scholars or as political subjects, we think about forms of infrastructure and make them a focus of collective life. The essays also consider how infrastructures can enable, transform, or inhibit ways of thinking and living collectively. © 2014 by Duke University Press 2014...
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Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (2015) 35 (3): 387–391.
Published: 01 December 2015
... the production of value through transparent practices of calculation and have focused on the Global North. As an alternative, we use ethnographic and historical genealogical methods to explore predictive practices that are motivated by contingency and aim to make uncertainty productive. India, a celebrated...
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Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (2015) 35 (3): 451–465.
Published: 01 December 2015
...Tejaswini Ganti In this essay, I focus on what has been characterized as a perennial problem for the Hindi film industry—the inability to accurately measure commercial outcome. While commentators and industry personnel criticize and lament this inability as an impediment to the rational functioning...
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Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (2015) 35 (3): 466–480.
Published: 01 December 2015
...Stine Simonsen Puri In this article I focus on prediction in an Indian gambling market. The article is based on my long-term fieldwork at Delhi Racecourse, which offered a microcosm in which to examine speculations on future uncertainty. I argue that these speculations are oriented toward...
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Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (2016) 36 (1): 42–43.
Published: 01 May 2016
...Eleanor Newbigin; Ornit Shani; Stephen Legg The essays in this special section make a significant intervention into debates about the evolution of democracy in South Asia by prompting us to rethink the role of constitutionalism in this process. They focus on three constitutional moments in early...
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Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (2016) 36 (2): 345–346.
Published: 01 August 2016
... of Jadunath Sarkar and shows how Mughal history in his wake has had to abjure ideas and subjectivity as a result of this constitutive tension. Devji's comments follow up this point by looking at the way in which Sarkar's apparently biased and old-fashioned focus on character, and so religion and ideas...
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Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (2008) 28 (3): 428–442.
Published: 01 December 2008
... of Iraqi nationalism and, concurrently, to reconstruct the richness of the Iraqi cultural field. I focus on two intellectuals, Mahmud Ahmad al-Sayyid (1904-37) and Dhu Nun Ayyub (1908-84), two socialists whose novels critique the state and its elites. I argue that, despite the prominence of Pan-Arabism...
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Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (2010) 30 (1): 69–84.
Published: 01 May 2010
..., social, and historical identifications. I analyze in this essay Palestinian-Belgian filmmaker Michel Khleifi's documentary and feature films as sites of a diasporic reconstruction of identity. I then focus on iconic representations of the face (the portrait and the close-up) and the landscape...
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Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (2010) 30 (1): 85–91.
Published: 01 May 2010
... with an eye for accentuating a heterogeneous Arab identity, this émigré film was a turning point in its unequivocal focus on Jews as part of Arab national identity. With the creation of the state of Israel, allusion to Jews as part of the Arab social mosaic increasingly became a taboo in Arab cinema. While...
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Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (2010) 30 (3): 329–340.
Published: 01 December 2010
...Kazim Abdullaev The relationship between the sacred drink haoma and narcotic plants is a major focus in studying the religious and ritualistic traditions of the ancient people of Indo-Iran and Central Asia. This study addresses this question through an analysis of archaeological data gathered...
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Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (2016) 36 (3): 418–434.
Published: 01 December 2016
... this process. Four aspects of modern literary history writing receive particular focus here: engagement with the tazkirah tradition, inclusion of extraliterary national figures alongside poets, use of a shared set of references and sources, and new sexual aesthetics that break with the homoerotic Persianate...
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Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (2017) 37 (1): 132–133.
Published: 01 May 2017
...Rashid Khalidi Khalidi introduces the essays of two contributors to the roundtable on the global humanities, Ahmad Dallal and Khaled Fahmy, who focus on the state of humanities in the Arab world. © 2017 by Duke University Press 2017 humanities Egypt Arab world GLOBAL HUMANITIES...
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Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (2011) 31 (1): 46–52.
Published: 01 May 2011
... and they focus either on the dictatorial manners and erroneous actions of the shah, alongside the role played by the Western powers, specifically the United States, or on the presence and the political role of Shiism and its clergy in Iranian history. However, a few fundamental questions remain unanswered. How...
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Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (2011) 31 (3): 631–643.
Published: 01 December 2011
... of many different strands of women’s activities around the globe that increasingly converged in the 1970s, although in unanticipated ways. Through its broad focus on women in distinct social, political, and intellectual arenas, it links the UN human rights system and its oversight committees...
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Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (2011) 31 (1): 164–171.
Published: 01 May 2011
... coastal cities and their predominantly Sunni Muslim populations. Shifting the geographic focus this way means that some of the same tropes and methods used to construct putative national histories can be applied to develop subnational sectarian narratives. This article studies the 1980s-era output...
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Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (2011) 31 (1): 196–216.
Published: 01 May 2011
... acceptable. Studies of such publications have tended to focus on writers, their thoughts, and the influences that shaped them, generally neglecting the institutional framework that enabled this surge of publications. Focusing on book publishing, this article seeks to document the emergence of Ottoman-Turkish...
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Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (2012) 32 (1): 156–168.
Published: 01 May 2012
..., the ghettoization of Muslim populations, and the congruity of Islam with modernity. This article provides a history of this debate, with a focus on its emergence, with the aim to address the different contexts and issues raised in France, Britain, and Germany. It adopts a semiological approach in understanding...
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Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (2013) 33 (1): 59–74.
Published: 01 May 2013
..., and social contexts of leisure and consumption as the unique by-product of oil. On the one hand, the focus is on the images and messages popularized by these new media and on the emergence and influence of an advertising and public relations market. On the other, a variety of actors are analyzed...