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.

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.

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.”



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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.

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 beenrepeatedly made, with one policy recommendation being part-timepositions for tenure-track/tenured faculty (PTTT). Despite some ofthe benefits of this approach for both faculty and institutions,the PTTT concept is the least implemented policy for facultyflexibility and is poorly understood. This report offers the firstcomprehensive treatment of PTTT, suggesting that this mode offlexibility enhances recruitment, retention, and engagement offaculty, while offering value-added productivity, planningpotential, and faculty loyalty for the institution. Herbers provides data that explore how a PTTT policy can lead tofaculty success and satisfaction across the lifespan of a career,and likewise offers analogies and examples of well-establishedpractices that administrators across institution types can adapt tocreate their own policies. Administrators and faculty will find theauthor’s policy recommendations, best practices, andsolutions to common challenges to be a roadmap for stimulatingchange in their institutions. This is the 5th issue of the 40th volume of the Jossey-Bass seriesASHE Higher Education Report. Each monograph is the definitiveanalysis of a tough higher education issue, based on thoroughresearch of pertinent literature and institutional experiences.Topics are identified by a national survey. Noted practitioners andscholars are then commissioned to write the reports, with expertsproviding critical reviews of each manuscript beforepublication.

Making Waves

An Anthology of Writings by and about Asian American Women


Author: Asian Women United of California

Publisher: Beacon Press (MA)

ISBN: 9780807059050

Category: Social Science

Page: 481

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Gathers poems, essays, and stories about the experiences of Asian-American women

Books-in-Brief: Rethinking Reform in Higher Education (German Language)

From Islamization to Integration of Knowledge


Author: Ziauddin Sardar,Jeremy Henzell-Thomas

Publisher: International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT)

ISBN: 1642052205

Category: Education

Page: 48

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The IIIT Books-in-Brief Series is a valuable collection of the Institute’s key publications written in condensed form designed to give readers a core understanding of the main contents of the original. Produced in a short, easy to read, time-saving format, these companion synopses offer a close, carefully written over-view of the larger publication and it is hoped will stimulate readers into further exploration of the original. The Reform in Higher Education in Muslim Societies is in sum a paradigm shift in perspective driven by important considerations including the aims of education itself. It may require reforming existing disciplines, inventing new ones, as well as working in conjunction with current knowledge(s) and discourses by taking effective account of the ethical, spiritual norms of Muslim society, the guiding principles that it operates under, which in turn mark the underlying basis of its makeup and spiritual identity. Rather than creating divisions, reform of Higher Education in Muslim Societies recognizes the plurality and diversity of the modern networked world, and seeks to replace sterile and uniform approaches to knowledge with a broader and more creative understanding of reality as lived on different soils and different cultures. Moderation, balance and effective communication are paramount features of the underlying philosophy.

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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.