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We Are Iraqis
Aesthetics and Politics in a Time of War

Edited by Nadje Al-Ali and Deborah Al-Najjar

Paper $34.95s    |    978-0-8156-2907-8    |    2019

Cloth $45.00s    |    978-0-8156-3301-3    |    2012

ebook 978-0-8156-5199-4

"The book takes its readers on a journey, introducing them to different faces and facets of the country and showing them that no matter how embattled and dispersed cultural production in Iraq has become, it contains beauty even in the most desperate of situations."—Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication

"Like art itself, this book combines the personal with the political, the material with the visionary, in order to address reality. Rooted in history, it presents new perspectives for the future. For Iraqis to reclaim their humanity has global implications."—Jordan Times

"Creativity is a form of resistance. This is the exhilarating message running through We Are Iraqis. Here is a rare chance for us all to see war’s effects in looted museums, pain-filled poetry, exiled studios, where, against the odds, Iraqi artists refuse to be silenced or pushed into the shadows."—Cynthia Enloe, author of Nimo’s War, Emma’s War: Making Feminist Sense of the Iraq War

"A very important contribution to the fields of peace, resistance, and war. The book highlights the voices of Iraqi cultural producers and actors, providing them with a space to speak on their own behalf."—Zeina Zaatari, Senior Program Officer, The Global Fund for Women

  We Are Iraqis

  Nadje Al-Ali is professor of gender studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. Her publications include Iraqi Women: Untold Stories from 1948 to the Present and What Kind of Liberation? Women and the Occupation of Iraq (coauthored with Nicola Pratt). Deborah Al-Najjar is a PhD candidate in the Department of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California.

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Table of Contents
Introduction: Writing Trauma, Memory, and Materiality by Nadje Al-Ali and Deborah Al-Najjar
  1. What Every Driver Must Know
    by Alise Alousi (page 1)
  2. Bifurcations of Iraq’s Visual Culture
    by Nada Shabout (page 5)
  3. A Barbarian in Rome, Excerpts from a Diary
    Sinan Antoon (page 24)
  4. Putting Contemporary Iraqi Art on the Map, A Conversation with Maysaloun Faraj
    by Nadje Al-Ali (page 35)
  5. The Assassination of Iraqi Academic Life, A Personal Testimony
    by Saad N. Jawad (page 48)
  6. My Own Private Munich
    by Dahlia Petrus (page 60)
  7. Hassan Abdulrazzak, A Selection
    by Hassan Abdulrazzak (page 79)
  8. Reframing Sunni and Shi’i Discussions
    by Yara Badday (page 83)
  9. Invisible Mirror, Aggression and the Thumb-Generation Response
    by Wafaa Bilal (page 93)
  10. Iraq, A Long Phantasmagorical Dream for Those Who Are Not Part of the New Capitalism or Retired Communism
    by Ali Bader (page 103)
  11. Migratory Sacred Spaces, (Re)creating ’Ashura
    by Dena Al-Adeeb (page 127)
  12. (Dis)connectioned
    by Celia Shallal (page 144)
  13. Sophisticated Ways, Destruction of an Ancient City
    by Nadje Al-Ali (page 151)
  14. My Trips to the Unknown
    by Maki Al Nazzal (page 161)
  15. A Tale of Two Exiles
    by Sama Alshaibi (page 171)
  16. 1001 Nights
    by Jananne Al-Ani (page 182)
  17. Arab-Jews, Diasporas, and Multicultural Feminism, A Conversation with Ella Habiba Shohat
    by Evelyn Azeeza Alsultany (page 185)
  18. A Film-Training Project for Young Iraqis
    by Maysoon Pachachi (page 205)
  19. Lyrical Resistance, The Example of Saadi Youssef
    by Ferial J. Ghazoul (page 216)
  20. Larsa
    by Dunya Mikhail (page 231)
  21. Ur’s Echo, Cosmopolitans and Radical Loss
    by Rashad Salim (page 235)
  22. Identity of the Numbers
    by Irada Al-Jabbouri (page 250)
Bibliography (page 257)

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