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Afghan Village Voices - Stories from a Tribal Community (Hardcover): Richard Tapper, Nancy Lindisfarne-Tapper Afghan Village Voices - Stories from a Tribal Community (Hardcover)
Richard Tapper, Nancy Lindisfarne-Tapper
R2,067 Discovery Miles 20 670 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Afghanistan in the 20th century was virtually unknown in Europe and America. At peace until the 1970s, the country was seen as a remote and exotic land, visited only by adventurous tourists or researchers. Afghan Village Voices is a testament to this little-known period of peace and captures a society and culture now lost. Prepared by two of the most accomplished and well-known anthropologists of the Middle East and Central Asia, Richard Tapper and Nancy Tapper-Lindisfarne, this is a book of stories told by the Piruzai, a rural Afghan community of some 200 families who farmed in northern Afghanistan and in summer took their flocks to the central Hazarajat mountains. The book comprises a collection of remarkable stories, folktales and conversations and provides unprecedented insight into the depth and colour of these people's lives. Recorded in the early 1970s, the stories range from memories of the Piruzai migration to the north a half century before, to the feuds, ethnic strife and the doings of powerful khans. There are also stories of falling in love, elopements, marriages, childbirth and the world of spirits. The book includes vignettes of the narrators, photographs, maps and a full glossary. It is a remarkable document of Afghanistan at peace, told by a people whose voices have rarely been heard.

Islam and Democracy in Iran - Eshkevari and the Quest for Reform (Paperback): Ziba Mir-Hosseini, Richard Tapper Islam and Democracy in Iran - Eshkevari and the Quest for Reform (Paperback)
Ziba Mir-Hosseini, Richard Tapper
R625 Discovery Miles 6 250 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

In today's world all eyes are on Iran, which has grappled with an experiment that has had a massive global impact. For some, the Iranian Revolution of 1978-79 was the triumph of a modern, political Islam, heralding Muslim justice and economic prosperity. Others, including many of the original revolutionaries, saw religious fanatics attempting to roll back time by creating a despotic theocracy. Either way, the Iranian Revolution changed the Muslim world. It not only inspired the Muslim masses but also reinvigorated intellectual debates on the nature and possibilities of an Islamic state. The new 'Islamic Republic of Iran' combined not just religion and the state, but theocracy and democracy. Yet the revolution's heirs were soon engaged in a protracted struggle over its legacy. Dissident thinkers, from within an Islamic framework, sought a rights-based political order that could accept dissent, tolerance, pluralism, women's rights and civil liberties. Their ideas led directly to the presidency of Mohammad Khatami and, despite their political failure, they did leave a permanent legacy by demystifying Iranian religious politics, and condemning the use of the Shariah to justify autocratic rule. This book tells the story of the reformist movement through the world of Hasan Yousefi Eshkevari. An active supporter of the revolution who became one of the most outspoken critics of theocracy, Eshkevari developed ideas of 'Islamic democratic government', which have attracted considerable attention in Iran and elsewhere. In presenting a selection of Eshkevari's writings, this book reveals the intellectual and political trajectory of a Muslim thinker and his attempts to reconcile Islam with reform and democracy. As such it makes a highly original contribution to our understanding of the difficult social and political issues confronting the Islamic world today.

Tribe and State in Iran and Afghanistan (Hardcover): Richard Tapper Tribe and State in Iran and Afghanistan (Hardcover)
Richard Tapper
R4,789 Discovery Miles 47 890 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In 1978 and 1979 revolutions in Afghanistan and Iran marked a shift in the balance of power in South West Asia and the world. Then, as now, the world is once more aware that tribalism is no anachronism in a struggle for political and cultural self-determination. This books provides historical and anthropological perspectives necessary to the eventual understanding of the events surrounding the revolutions.

Frontier Nomads of Iran - A Political and Social History of the Shahsevan (Paperback, New ed): Richard Tapper Frontier Nomads of Iran - A Political and Social History of the Shahsevan (Paperback, New ed)
Richard Tapper
R1,669 Discovery Miles 16 690 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Richard Tapper's 1997 book, which is based on three decades of ethnographic fieldwork and extensive documentary research, traces the political and social history of the Shahsevan, one of the major nomadic peoples of Iran. The story is a dramatic one, recounting the mythical origins of the tribes, their unification as a confederacy, and their decline under the Pahlavi Shahs. The book is intended as a contribution to three different debates. The first concerns the riddle of Shahsevan origins, while another considers how far changes in tribal social and political formations are a function of relations with states. The third discusses how different constructions of the identity of a particular people determine their view of the past. In this way, the book promises not only to make a major contribution to the history and anthropology of the Middle East and Central Asia, but also to theoretical debates in both disciplines.

The New Iranian Cinema - Politics, Representation and Identity (Hardcover, illustrated edition): Richard Tapper The New Iranian Cinema - Politics, Representation and Identity (Hardcover, illustrated edition)
Richard Tapper
R2,960 Discovery Miles 29 600 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Iranian cinema is today widely recognized not merely as a distinctive national cinema, but as one of the most innovative in the world. Established masters like Abbas Kiarostami and Mohsen Makhmalbaf have been joined by newcomers like Samira Makhmalbaf, Majid Majidi, Ja'far Qobadi and Bahman Qobadi, all directors whose films are screened to increasing acclaim in international festivals. This international stature both fascinates Western observers and appears paradoxical in line with perceptions of Iran as anti-modern. The largely Iranian contributors to this book look in depth at how Iranian cinema became a true 'world cinema'. From a range of perspectives, they explore cinema's development in post Revolution Iran and its place in Iranian culture.

A Taste of Thyme - Culinary Cultures of the Middle East (Paperback): Sami Zubaida, Richard Tapper A Taste of Thyme - Culinary Cultures of the Middle East (Paperback)
Sami Zubaida, Richard Tapper
R428 R352 Discovery Miles 3 520 Save R76 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This pioneering book considers the culinary cultures of the Middle East in a variety of contexts. The contributors discuss various aspects of historical and contemporary processes, including likely origins and diffusions on ingredients and dishes, changes in food production and eating habits, contemporary revivals of traditional cooking, literary representations of food and drink, and the class, gender, and communal dimensions to food. Written by scholars from different disciplines, it covers a wide geographical area, from Central Asia to Morocco.

The New Iranian Cinema - Politics, Representation and Identity (Paperback, Illustrated Ed): Richard Tapper The New Iranian Cinema - Politics, Representation and Identity (Paperback, Illustrated Ed)
Richard Tapper
R737 Discovery Miles 7 370 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Iranian cinema is today widely recognized not merely as a distinctive national cinema, but as one of the most innovative in the world. Established masters like Abbas Kiarostami and Mohsen Makhmalbaf have been joined by newcomers like Samira Makhmalbaf, Majid Majidi, Ja'far Qobadi and Bahman Qobadi, all directors whose films are screened to increasing acclaim in international festivals. This international stature both fascinates Western observers and appears paradoxical in line with perceptions of Iran as anti-modern. The largely Iranian contributors to this book look in depth at how Iranian cinema became a true 'world cinema'. From a range of perspectives, they explore cinema's development in post Revolution Iran and its place in Iranian culture.

Frontier Nomads of Iran - A Political and Social History of the Shahsevan (Hardcover, New): Richard Tapper Frontier Nomads of Iran - A Political and Social History of the Shahsevan (Hardcover, New)
Richard Tapper
R2,801 Discovery Miles 28 010 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Richard Tapper's 1997 book, which is based on three decades of ethnographic fieldwork and extensive documentary research, traces the political and social history of the Shahsevan, one of the major nomadic peoples of Iran. The story is a dramatic one, recounting the mythical origins of the tribes, their unification as a confederacy, and their decline under the Pahlavi Shahs. The book is intended as a contribution to three different debates. The first concerns the riddle of Shahsevan origins, while another considers how far changes in tribal social and political formations are a function of relations with states. The third discusses how different constructions of the identity of a particular people determine their view of the past. In this way, the book promises not only to make a major contribution to the history and anthropology of the Middle East and Central Asia, but also to theoretical debates in both disciplines.

Afghan Village Voices - Stories from a Tribal Community (Paperback): Richard Tapper, Nancy Lindisfarne-Tapper Afghan Village Voices - Stories from a Tribal Community (Paperback)
Richard Tapper, Nancy Lindisfarne-Tapper
R701 Discovery Miles 7 010 Out of stock

Afghanistan in the 20th century was virtually unknown in Europe and America. At peace until the 1970s, the country was seen as a remote and exotic land, visited only by adventurous tourists or researchers. Afghan Village Voices is a testament to this little-known period of peace and captures a society and culture now lost. Prepared by two of the most accomplished and well-known anthropologists of the Middle East and Central Asia, Richard Tapper and Nancy Tapper-Lindisfarne, this is a book of stories told by the Piruzai, a rural Afghan community of some 200 families who farmed in northern Afghanistan and in summer took their flocks to the central Hazarajat mountains. The book comprises a collection of remarkable stories, folktales and conversations and provides unprecedented insight into the depth and colour of these people's lives. Recorded in the early 1970s, the stories range from memories of the Piruzai migration to the north a half century before, to the feuds, ethnic strife and the doings of powerful khans. There are also stories of falling in love, elopements, marriages, childbirth and the world of spirits. The book includes vignettes of the narrators, photographs, maps and a full glossary. It is a remarkable document of Afghanistan at peace, told by a people whose voices have rarely been heard.

Technology, Tradition and Survival - Aspects of Material Culture in the Middle East and Central Asia (Hardcover): Richard... Technology, Tradition and Survival - Aspects of Material Culture in the Middle East and Central Asia (Hardcover)
Richard Tapper, Keith McLachlan
R1,031 Discovery Miles 10 310 Out of stock

Seeking to promote a wider knowledge of traditional technologies in the Middle East and Central Asia, the contributors address three related themes: the history, originality, variety and sophistication of traditional science, technology and material culture in these regions; their influence on the history of Europe and the West; and the threat posed by modern Western technologies to the survival of traditional technologies which have continuing value according to turn-of-the -millennium standards of sustainability and appropriateness to local cultural, social and ecological conditions. There is a clear need for conservation of some artefacts that are under current threat of extinction.

Technology, Tradition and Survival - Aspects of Material Culture in the Middle East and Central Asia (Paperback, annotated... Technology, Tradition and Survival - Aspects of Material Culture in the Middle East and Central Asia (Paperback, annotated edition)
Richard Tapper, Keith McLachlan
R679 Discovery Miles 6 790 Out of stock

Seeking to promote a wider knowledge of traditional technologies in the Middle East and Central Asia, the contributors address three related themes: the history, originality, variety and sophistication of traditional science, technology and material culture in these regions; their influence on the history of Europe and the West; and the threat posed by modern Western technologies to the survival of traditional technologies which have continuing value according to turn-of-the -millennium standards of sustainability and appropriateness to local cultural, social and ecological conditions. There is a clear need for conservation of some artefacts that are under current threat of extinction.

Frontier Nomads of Iran - A Political and Social History of the Shahsevan (Electronic book text): Richard Tapper Frontier Nomads of Iran - A Political and Social History of the Shahsevan (Electronic book text)
Richard Tapper
R2,436 R1,810 Discovery Miles 18 100 Save R626 (26%) Out of stock

Richard Tapper's 1997 book, which is based on three decades of ethnographic fieldwork and extensive documentary research, traces the political and social history of the Shahsevan, one of the major nomadic peoples of Iran. The story is a dramatic one, recounting the mythical origins of the tribes, their unification as a confederacy, and their decline under the Pahlavi Shahs. The book is intended as a contribution to three different debates. The first concerns the riddle of Shahsevan origins, while another considers how far changes in tribal social and political formations are a function of relations with states. The third discusses how different constructions of the identity of a particular people determine their view of the past. In this way, the book promises not only to make a major contribution to the history and anthropology of the Middle East and Central Asia, but also to theoretical debates in both disciplines.

Islam in Modern Turkey - Religion, Politics and Literature in a Secular State (Paperback, New edition): Richard Tapper Islam in Modern Turkey - Religion, Politics and Literature in a Secular State (Paperback, New edition)
Richard Tapper
R659 Discovery Miles 6 590 Out of stock

When the Turkish republic was founded in 1923, secularism was adopted as one of the key principles of the new state, and religious expression was brought under strict government supervision. Republican ideology and its associated institutions came to dominate much of everyday life. Only after 1950, when the centre-right Democrat party was elected, did this repressive attitude to religion cease. The growth in popular religious sentiment became particularly evident in the 1980s with the proliferation of religious newspapers and literature. Relatively little has been written about this steady resurgence of Islam in Turkey. The essays in this book, written by specialists from a variety of disciplines, look at the role of Islam in daily life. They also raise the question of the extent to which Turkey may still be said to be unique case in the Islamic world.

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