Reading Iraq: Culture and Power in Conflict.

Author:Rhodes, Fred
Position:Brief article - Book review
 
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READING IRAQ CULTURE AND POWER IN CONFLICT By Muhsin Al Musawi published by IB TAURIS ISBN 1 84511 070 6 price 47.50 [pounds sterling] hardback

What exactly is Iraq? As a dramatic new era of Iraqi politics unfolds, Muhsin Al Musawi seeks to understand it by dissecting the country's cultural anatomy. Reading Iraq explores the profound connection between identity and power in Iraq's history and in doing so provides a context for understanding today's complicated struggles. Drawing on a mixture of 'high' and popular forms of expression, Al Musawi identifies the prevalent tropes of Iraqi culture, such as symbols of redemptive suffering amongst the Shi'ites, or courage...

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