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Cambridge Middle East Studies, Series Number 50 - The Rule of Violence: Subjectivity, Memory and Government in Syria... Cambridge Middle East Studies, Series Number 50 - The Rule of Violence: Subjectivity, Memory and Government in Syria (Paperback)
Salwa Ismail
R452 Discovery Miles 4 520 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Over much of its rule, the regime of Hafez al-Asad and his successor Bashar al-Asad deployed violence on a massive scale to maintain its grip on political power. In this book, Salwa Ismail examines the rationalities and mechanisms of governing through violence. In a detailed and compelling account, Ismail shows how the political prison and the massacre, in particular, developed as apparatuses of government, shaping Syrians' political subjectivities, defining their understanding of the terms of rule and structuring their relations and interactions with the regime and with one another. Examining ordinary citizens' everyday life experiences and memories of violence across diverse sites, from the internment camp and the massacre to the family and school, The Rule of Violence demonstrates how practices of violence, both in their routine and spectacular forms, fashioned Syrians' affective life, inciting in them feelings of humiliation and abjection, and infusing their lived environment with dread and horror. This form of rule is revealed to be constraining of citizens' political engagement, while also demanding of their action.

Cambridge Middle East Studies, Series Number 50 - The Rule of Violence: Subjectivity, Memory and Government in Syria... Cambridge Middle East Studies, Series Number 50 - The Rule of Violence: Subjectivity, Memory and Government in Syria (Hardcover)
Salwa Ismail
R1,872 Discovery Miles 18 720 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Over much of its rule, the regime of Hafez al-Asad and his successor Bashar al-Asad deployed violence on a massive scale to maintain its grip on political power. In this book, Salwa Ismail examines the rationalities and mechanisms of governing through violence. In a detailed and compelling account, Ismail shows how the political prison and the massacre, in particular, developed as apparatuses of government, shaping Syrians' political subjectivities, defining their understanding of the terms of rule and structuring their relations and interactions with the regime and with one another. Examining ordinary citizens' everyday life experiences and memories of violence across diverse sites, from the internment camp and the massacre to the family and school, The Rule of Violence demonstrates how practices of violence, both in their routine and spectacular forms, fashioned Syrians' affective life, inciting in them feelings of humiliation and abjection, and infusing their lived environment with dread and horror. This form of rule is revealed to be constraining of citizens' political engagement, while also demanding of their action.

Political Life in Cairo's New Quarters - Encountering the Everyday State (Paperback): Salwa Ismail Political Life in Cairo's New Quarters - Encountering the Everyday State (Paperback)
Salwa Ismail
R459 R396 Discovery Miles 3 960 Save R63 (14%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Since the 1970s, Cairo has experienced tremendous growth and change. Nearly three million people now live in new urban communities characterized by unregulated housing, informal economic activity, and the presence of Islamist groups. Salwa Ismail examines the effects of these changes in Political Life in Cairo\u2019s New Quarters. Working in Cairo, Ismail interviewed new quarter residents, observed daily life in markets and alleyways, met with local leaders, and talked with young men about their encounters with the government. Rich in ethnographic detail, this work reveals the city\u2019s new urban quarters as sites not only of opposition and relative autonomy, but also under governmental surveillance and discipline. In doing so, it situates the everyday within the context of wider developments in Cairo: the decline of welfarism, the shift to neoliberal government, and the rise of the security state. Original and timely, Political Life in Cairo\u2019s New Quarters highlights the interplay of structural changes, state power, and daily governance, and presents a fascinating analysis of urban transformation and power struggles-as international forces meet local communities in a major city of the global south. Salwa Ismail is a senior lecturer in politics at the University of Exeter.

Rethinking Islamist Politics (Paperback, New edition): Salwa Ismail Rethinking Islamist Politics (Paperback, New edition)
Salwa Ismail
R471 Discovery Miles 4 710 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

In an atmosphere of growing concern over the threat posed by Islamist violence, political Islamism has become the most important of geopolitical issues. In the process, it has been misrepresented. Contrary to what many believe, Islamist movements are characterised by their diversity. Revisiting the main arguments and explanations that have been used over the past twenty years to understand Islamist activism, moderate as well as militant, Salwa Ismail here proposes a rethinking of Islamist politics. The phenomenon of political Islam is determined by macro and micro-level changes in the Muslim world, such as the retreat of the welfare state across the Middle East, and the subsequent expansion in the role of informal political activists in the popular neighbourhoods of such cities as Algiers or Cairo. Ismail examines both levels to explain the socio-economic and political settings out of which Islamism has developed. Her focus is both the economic and political environments that fomented Islamism, and the structures of Islamist movements themselves (from their ideologies to their modes of action). Looking at Islamism as a form of contestation politics, Ismail offers a reassessment of its failures and successes - limited, as it is, by its use of violence, but capable of real mobilisation at a popular level. "Rethinking Islamist Politics" will be vital reading for anyone seeking to understand such spectacular expressions of Islamism as the September 11th attacks, but also the everyday struggles of ordinary people which Islamism embodies.

Rethinking Islamist Politics - Culture, the State and Islam (Hardcover): Salwa Ismail Rethinking Islamist Politics - Culture, the State and Islam (Hardcover)
Salwa Ismail
R1,940 Discovery Miles 19 400 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This text revisits the main arguments and explanatory frameworks that have been used since the 1970s to understand Islamic activism, moderate as well as militant and violent, and proposes a rethinking of Islamist politics. Linking macro-level explanations to micro-level analysis, it analyzes Islamist activism and militancy in terms of the interplay of social formation and political structures on the one hand, and network processes within the other.

Political Life in Cairo's New Quarters - Encountering the Everyday State (Hardcover): Salwa Ismail Political Life in Cairo's New Quarters - Encountering the Everyday State (Hardcover)
Salwa Ismail
R1,429 Discovery Miles 14 290 Special order

Since the 1970s, Cairo has experienced tremendous growth and change. Nearly three million people now live in new urban communities characterized by unregulated housing, informal economic activity, and the presence of Islamist groups. Salwa Ismail examines the effects of these changes in Political Life in Cairo's New Quarters. Working in Cairo, Ismail interviewed new quarter residents, observed daily life in markets and alleyways, met with local leaders, and talked with young men about their encounters with the government. Rich in ethnographic detail, this work reveals the city's new urban quarters as sites not only of opposition and relative autonomy, but also under governmental surveillance and discipline. In doing so, it situates the everyday within the context of wider developments in Cairo: the decline of welfarism, the shift to neoliberal government, and the rise of the security state. Original and timely, Political Life in Cairo's New Quarters highlights the interplay of structural changes, state power, and daily governance, and presents a fascinating analysis of urban transformation and power struggles--as international forces meet local communities in a major city of the global south. Salwa Ismail is a senior lecturer in politics at the University of Exeter.

Muslim Selves in Dialogue - Refiguring the Public Sphere (Hardcover): Salwa Ismail Muslim Selves in Dialogue - Refiguring the Public Sphere (Hardcover)
Salwa Ismail
R2,175 Discovery Miles 21 750 Special order

The public self-presentation of individuals and groups in terms grounded in Islamic traditions bears in important ways on matters of civil society and the public sphere in both Muslim-majority and Western countries. It also has implications for the project of the democratic political community, including its respect for religious difference and equal citizenship. This book considers these implications as it assesses the role of Islam in the public sphere and the character of dialogues among Muslims and between Muslims and non-Muslims. Key Features Examines Muslims' interventions in and impact on refiguring the public sphere Looks at a range of public interventions including the web, TV, pamphlets, and sermons and religious lessons on audio and DVD Considers the ongoing reshaping of Islamic traditions in the context of globalisation Engages with new lines of thinking about the role of religion in the public sphere Explores opportunities for greater mutual understanding, tolerance and cooperation opened up by dialogues between Muslims and non-Muslims

An Islamic Reformation? (Hardcover, New): Michaelle L. Browers, Charles Kurzman An Islamic Reformation? (Hardcover, New)
Michaelle L. Browers, Charles Kurzman; Contributions by Fred R. Dallmayr, Dale F. Eickelman, Nader Hashemi, …
R1,429 Discovery Miles 14 290 Special order

Over the last two decades we have seen a vast number of books published in the West that treat Islamic fundamentalism as a rising threat to the western values of secularism and democracy. In the last decade scholars began proclaiming an existent or emerging "clash" between East and West, Islam and Christianity, or in the case of Benjamin R. Barber, "Jihad and "McWorld." More recently, some western scholars have offered another interpretation. Focusing on the work of contemporary Muslim intellectuals, these scholars have begun to argue that what we are witnessing, in Islamic contexts, is tantamount to a Reformation. An Islamic Reformation attempts to evaluate this claim through the work of emerging and top scholars in the fields of political science, philosophy, anthropology, religion, history and Middle Eastern studies. The overall goal of this volume is to question the impact of various reformist trends throughout the Middle East. Are we witnessing a growth in fundamentalism or the emergence of an Islamic Reformation? What does religious practice in this region reflect? What is the usefulness of approaching these questions through Christian/Islamic and West/East dichotomies? Unique in its focus and scope, An Islamic Reformation represents an emerging vanguard in the discussion of Islamic religious heritage and practice and its effect on world politics.

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