In Search of the Lost Orient

An Interview


Author: Olivier Roy

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231542038

Category: Political Science

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Olivier Roy is one of the world's leading experts on political Islam. But he is not only a scholar—he is also a traveler. Roy's keen and iconoclastic insights emerge from a lifetime of study combined with intrepid exploration through Afghanistan and Central Asia. In this book-length interview, Roy tells the lively and colorful story of his many adventures and discoveries in a variety of social and political settings and how they have come to shape his understanding of the Islamic world and its complex recent history. In Search of the Lost Orient is a candid, personal account of the experiences that led Roy to challenge his youthful ideas of an untouched, romanticized East and build a new intellectual framework to better understand and cohabit with the religions, politics, and cultures of the East, West, North, and South. In conversation with Jean-Louis Schlegel of the French magazine Esprit, Roy offers insight into the key themes of his career. Roy's immersion in the complexities of many Central Asian territories started him on his critique of the idea of an essentialized Islam. Alongside tales of backpacking from Paris to Kabul, his Afghan decade during the Soviet invasion, and official travel to post-Soviet Central Asia in the 1990s, Roy reflects on the nature of political and humanitarian engagement in this part of the world. He recounts his formative years, education, and developing political commitments and speaks to his evolving place within France's shifting intellectual and religious cultures. This book outlines Roy's lifelong practice—a combination of deliberate research goals and chance encounters—that examines Islam, immigration, and, more broadly, the future of cultures, religions, and secularism in the face of globalization. Both a significant intellectual autobiography and a compelling travelogue through some of the world's pivotal places, In Search of the Lost Orient offers a striking testimony to the many facets of an exceptional thinker.

Yemen and the World

Beyond Insecurity


Author: Laurent Bonnefoy

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0190922591

Category: Political Science

Page: 256

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Winner of the Académie Française's Prix Eugène Colas Contemporary Yemen has an image problem. It has long fascinated travelers and artists, and to many embodies both Arab and Muslim authenticity; it stands at important geostrategic and commercial crossroads. Yet, strangely, global perceptions of Yemen are of an entity that is somehow both marginal and passive, yet also dangerous and problematic. The Saudi offensive launched in 2015 has made Yemen a victim of regional power struggles, while the global 'war on terror' has labelled it a threat to international security. This perception has had disastrous effects without generating real interest in the country or its people. On the contrary, Yemen's complex political dynamics have been largely ignored by international observers--resulting in problematic, if not counterproductive, international policies. Yemen and the World offers a corrective to these misconceptions and omissions, putting aside the nature of the world's interest in Yemen to focus on Yemen's role on the global stage. Laurent Bonnefoy uses six areas of modern international exchange--globalization, diplomacy, trade, migration, culture and militant Islamism--to restore Yemen to its place at the heart of contemporary affairs. To understand Yemen, he argues, is to understand the Middle East as a whole.

Die syrische Aussenpolitik unter Präsident Hafez Assad

Balanceakte im globalen Umbruch


Author: Martin Stäheli

Publisher: Franz Steiner Verlag

ISBN: 9783515078672

Category: History

Page: 574

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Unter Pr�sident Hafez Assad ist Syrien zu einem zentralen Akteur des Nahen Ostens geworden. Assad hat in den 30 Jahren seiner Herrschaft (1970-2000) Syrien als wichtigen Gegenspieler Israels etabliert. Unter Ausnutzung des globalen Ost-West-Konflikts gelang es Assad, den Libanon zu kontrollieren und im arabischen Raum eine dominante Stellung einzunehmen. Das Buch stellt diese Leistungen vor. "Wer an einem tiefergehenden Einstieg in die nah�stliche Zeitgeschichte interessiert ist, wird hier systematisch, kenntnisreich und gut verst�ndlich informiert." Das Parlament.

The Art of Indirection in British Espionage Fiction

A Critical Study of Six Novelists


Author: Robert Lance Snyder

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786487135

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 225

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In contrast to the classical detective story, the spy novel tends to be considered a suspect, somewhat subversive genre. While previous studies have focused on its historical, thematic, and ideological dimensions, this critical work examines British espionage fiction’s unique narrative form, which is typically elliptical, oblique, and recursive. Featured works include eighteen novels by Eric Ambler, Graham Greene, Len Deighton, John le Carré, Stella Rimington, and Charles Cumming, most of which exemplify the existential or serious spy thriller. Half of these texts pertain to the Cold War era and the other half to its aftermath in the so-called “Age of Terrorism.”

Behind the Great Wall

A Post-Jungian Approach to Kafkaesque Literature


Author: James Whitlark

Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press

ISBN: 9780838634271

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 285

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This work explores what lies behind the fantastic barrier in a borderland that C. G. Jung called the unconscious, the avant-garde writer Kafka termed incomprehensive, and Whitlark argues is an entire spectrum of muted awareness.



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Publisher: N.A


Category: English periodicals

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Author: Mathias Enard

Publisher: Hanser Berlin

ISBN: 3446254269

Category: Fiction

Page: 480

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"Kompass" ist das Buch der Stunde: eine leidenschaftliche Beschwörung der jahrhundertelangen Passion des Westens für die orientalische Kultur. Unter dem Schock einer alarmierenden medizinischen Diagnose verbringt Franz Ritter, Musikwissenschaftler in Wien, eine schlaflose Nacht. Er begibt sich im Geiste noch einmal an die Orte seiner Forschungsreisen: Istanbul, Damaskus, Aleppo, Palmyra – alles Städte, die für ihn untrennbar mit Sarah verbunden sind, der berühmten Orientalistin, seiner großen Liebe. Seine Erinnerung zaubert immer mehr Fakten, Romanzen und Geschichten hervor, die alle von dem entscheidenden Beitrag des Orients zur westlichen Kultur und Identität zeugen. Für diesen Roman erhielt Mathias Enard in Frankreich 2015 den Prix Goncourt.

FBIS Report

Central Eurasia


Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Eurasia

Page: N.A

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Part-Time on the Tenure Track

AEHE Volume 40, Number 5


Author: Joan M. Herbers

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118996259

Category: Education

Page: 184

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The case for a flexible work schedule for faculty has been repeatedly made, with one policy recommendation being part-time positions for tenure-track/tenured faculty (PTTT). Despite some of the benefits of this approach for both faculty and institutions, the PTTT concept is the least implemented policy for faculty flexibility and is poorly understood. This report offers the first comprehensive treatment of PTTT, suggesting that this mode of flexibility enhances recruitment, retention, and engagement of faculty, while offering value-added productivity, planning potential, and faculty loyalty for the institution. Herbers provides data that explore how a PTTT policy can lead to faculty success and satisfaction across the lifespan of a career, and likewise offers analogies and examples of well-established practices that administrators across institution types can adapt to create their own policies. Administrators and faculty will find the author’s policy recommendations, best practices, and solutions to common challenges to be a roadmap for stimulating change in their institutions. This is the 5th issue of the 40th volume of the Jossey-Bass series ASHE Higher Education Report. Each monograph is the definitive analysis of a tough higher education issue, based on thorough research of pertinent literature and institutional experiences. Topics are identified by a national survey. Noted practitioners and scholars are then commissioned to write the reports, with experts providing critical reviews of each manuscript before publication.

Against the Modern World

Traditionalism and the Secret Intellectual History of the Twentieth Century


Author: Mark Sedgwick

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199744930

Category: Religion

Page: 384

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The first history of Traditionalism, an important yet surprisingly little-known twentieth-century anti-modern movement. Comprising a number of often secret but sometimes very influential religious groups in the West and in the Islamic world, it affected mainstream and radical politics in Europe and the development of the field of religious studies in the United States. In the nineteenth century, at a time when progressive intellectuals had lost faith in Christianity's ability to deliver religious and spiritual truth, the West discovered non-Western religious writings. From these beginnings grew Traditionalism, emerging from the occultist milieu of late nineteenth-century France, and fed by the widespread loss of faith in progress that followed the First World War. Working first in Paris and then in Cairo, the French writer Ren? Gu?non rejected modernity as a dark age, and sought to reconstruct the Perennial Philosophy-- the central religious truths behind all the major world religions --largely on the basis of his reading of Hindu religious texts. A number of disenchanted intellectuals responded to Gu?non's call with attempts to put theory into practice. Some attempted without success to guide Fascism and Nazism along Traditionalist lines; others later participated in political terror in Italy. Traditionalism finally provided the ideological cement for the alliance of anti-democratic forces in post-Soviet Russia, and at the end of the twentieth century began to enter the debate in the Islamic world about the desirable relationship between Islam and modernity



Author: Sunil Gangopadhyaya,Enakshi Chatterjee

Publisher: Orient Blackswan

ISBN: 9788125019022

Category: Bengali fiction

Page: 103

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Pratidwandi, meaning 'adversary', is the English translation of the Bengali original by Sunil Gangopadhyay. The story is about a family living in Calcutta during the 1960s-- the mother, two sons, the daughter, and an uncle, who moves in at the death of the father. Having lost their tea estates, they are undergoing a severe financial crisis. Siddhartha, the central character, was able to complete his graduation, because his sister ,Sutapa, was persuaded to take up a job but at the cost of her own education. Siddhartha wishes to become a doctor, but there is not enough money to fund his studies at medical college. Attempts at getting a job prove futile and his sense of frustration and obligation deepen. The apparent immutability of the situation leads to constant bickering and fights in the family. Sutapa, forced into the role of selfless breadwinner, is fed up and in trying to find an escape route brings dishonour to the family-- the final blow to their dignity. The bleakness of the narrative is relieved by a streak of romanticism and an idealistic vision of a world once inhabited by Siddhartha. Satyajit Ray made this story into a film, drawn by the compelling characterisation of Siddhartha.

Der falsche Krieg

Islamisten, Terroristen und die Irrtümer des Westens


Author: Olivier Roy

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783570551158


Page: 191

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