Another Arabesque

Syrian-Lebanese Ethnicity in Neoliberal Brazil
Author: John Tofik Karam
Publisher: Temple University Press
ISBN: 9781592135417
Category: History
Page: 232
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A revealing investigation of changing identity in a globalizing world.

Latin American Foreign Policies towards the Middle East

Actors, Contexts, and Trends
Author: Marta Tawil Kuri
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137599391
Category: Political Science
Page: 296
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This volume surveys the interplay between state and non-state actors in Latin American foreign policies and attitudes towards the Middle East in the twenty-first century. How will domestic instability and international tensions affect the choices and behavior of Latin American countries towards the Arab world? The chapters here offer insight into this and similar questions, as well as a comparative value in analyzing countries beyond those specifically discussed. Common topics in policy making are considered–namely, Israel and Palestine, Iran, the Gulf countries, and the Arab "Spring”–as authors from distinct disciplines examine the crucial relation between ends and means on the one hand, and foreign policy actions and context on the other.

American Arabesque

Arabs and Islam in the Nineteenth Century Imaginary
Author: Jacob Rama Berman
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 0814723217
Category: Social Science
Page: 288
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American Arabesque examines representations of Arabs, Islam and the Near East in nineteenth-century American culture, arguing that these representations play a significant role in the development of American national identity over the century, revealing largely unexplored exchanges between these two cultural traditions that will alter how we understand them today. Moving from the period of America’s engagement in the Barbary Wars through the Holy Land travel mania in the years of Jacksonian expansion and into the writings of romantics such as Edgar Allen Poe, the book argues that not only were Arabs and Muslims prominently featured in nineteenth-century literature, but that the differences writers established between figures such as Moors, Bedouins, Turks and Orientals provide proof of the transnational scope of domestic racial politics. Drawing on both English and Arabic language sources, Berman contends that the fluidity and instability of the term Arab as it appears in captivity narratives, travel narratives, imaginative literature, and ethnic literature simultaneously instantiate and undermine definitions of the American nation and American citizenship.

Just Before Dawn

Author: Rochelle Alers
Publisher: Kimani Press
ISBN: 0373534566
Category: Fiction
Page: 304
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Returning to her childhood home in New Mexico after prosecuting a high profile case, New York district attorney Sara Sterling finds herself drawn to her enigmatic neighbor Salem Lassiter, a man who vows never to fall in love again, but when Sara's life is in danger, he realizes that love will conquer all. Reprint.

Blue Arabesque

A Search for the Sublime
Author: Patricia Hampl
Publisher: HMH
ISBN: 9780547350837
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 224
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These meditations inspired by a Matisse painting are “a paean to the act of seeing, celebrating our capacity to be transformed by the truths art holds.” —The New York Times Book Review Named a Chicago Tribune Best Book of the Year and a Los Angeles Times Favorite Nonfiction of the Year Just out of college, Patricia Hampl was mesmerized by a Matisse painting in the Art Institute of Chicago: an aloof woman gazing at goldfish in a bowl, a Moroccan screen behind her. In Blue Arabesque, Hampl explores the allure of this lounging woman, immersed in leisure, so at odds with the rush of the modern era. Hampl’s meditation takes us to the Cote d’Azur and to North Africa, from cloister to harem, pondering figures as diverse as Eugene Delacroix, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Katherine Mansfield. Returning always to Matisse’s portraits of languid women, she discovers they were not decorative indulgences but something much more. Moving with the life force that Matisse sought in his work, Blue Arabesque is Hampl’s dazzling and critically acclaimed tour de force.

Crescent over Another Horizon

Islam in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Latino USA
Author: Maria del Mar Logroño Narbona,Paulo G. Pinto,John Tofik Karam
Publisher: University of Texas Press
ISBN: 147730231X
Category: History
Page: 356
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Muslims have been shaping the Americas and the Caribbean for more than five hundred years, yet this interplay is frequently overlooked or misconstrued. Brimming with revelations that synthesize area and ethnic studies, Crescent over Another Horizon presents a portrait of Islam’s unity as it evolved through plural formulations of identity, power, and belonging. Offering a Latino American perspective on a wider Islamic world, the editors overturn the conventional perception of Muslim communities in the New World, arguing that their characterization as “minorities” obscures the interplay of ethnicity and religion that continues to foster transnational ties. Bringing together studies of Iberian colonists, enslaved Africans, indentured South Asians, migrant Arabs, and Latino and Latin American converts, the volume captures the power-laden processes at work in religious conversion or resistance. Throughout each analysis—spanning times of inquisition, conquest, repressive nationalism, and anti-terror security protocols—the authors offer innovative frameworks to probe the ways in which racialized Islam has facilitated the building of new national identities while fostering a double-edged marginalization. The subjects of the essays transition from imperialism (with studies of morisco converts to Christianity, West African slave uprisings, and Muslim and Hindu South Asian indentured laborers in Dutch Suriname) to the contemporary Muslim presence in Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, and Trinidad, completed by a timely examination of the United States, including Muslim communities in “Hispanicized” South Florida and the agency of Latina conversion. The result is a fresh perspective that opens new horizons for a vibrant range of fields.


Author: Geoffrey Household
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 1504007298
Category: Fiction
Page: 312
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In war-torn Lebanon, a beautiful French woman fights a war of spy versus spy There is no privacy in Beirut. In the hotel lobbies and high-class bars of this beautiful Eastern capital, intelligencers of every stripe hide in plain sight: British spies and Nazi moles, Free French operatives and the lackeys of Vichy France. Stalin has his men here, as do the Zionists who would turn British Palestine into a haven for the Jewish people. There are agents of every race, gender, and nationality—and they are all at one another’s throats. Armande Herne is not one of them—but she will be soon enough. A French woman raised in England, Armande came to Beirut after her husband joined the navy. When the French army hands the city over to the British, an arms deal draws Armande into the shadowy side of this city of intrigue, taking her on a desert adventure that will change the war—or leave her dead in the sand.

Maximum Ride Boxed Set #1

Author: James Patterson
Publisher: jimmy patterson
ISBN: 9780316182751
Category: Young Adult Fiction
Page: 1392
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Be there from the beginning of Max's story with this sleek and sophisticated boxed set featuring newly redesigned series covers. Gift set includes: The Angel Experiment (Maximum Ride #1) School's Out--Forever (Maximum Ride #2) Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports (Maximum Ride #3) Gift set also includes a bonus teaser with an exclusive excerpt from Angel (Maximum Ride #7) and a Witch & Wizard teaser!


Author: Carmen Green
Publisher: Kensington Books
ISBN: 9781583142264
Category: Fiction
Page: 256
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Taking a break from her fast-paced job, economist Fox Giovanni travels to Slumber, North Carolina, to visit her childhood friend and meets gorgeous carpenter Van Compton, who is renovating her friend's house while recovering from a brutal divorce, and Fox vows to heal his scarred heart. Reprint. (A BET/Arabesque Films presentation, premiering April 6) (Romance)


A Novel
Author: Anton Shammas
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520228320
Category: Fiction
Page: 263
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"Arabesques is a classic of the exploration of identity. . . . A Palestinian master of Hebrew, living at the seam between Jews and Arabs, between the ancient and the modern, between loyalties and appetites, Shammas has written beautifully about his search for design. He transforms fact into fantasy without changing a thing."--Leon Wieseltier

Undeniably Yours

Author: Jacquelin Thomas
Publisher: Kensington Books
ISBN: 9781583141311
Category: Fiction
Page: 288
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Believing that his beloved bride had perished in a plane crash, undercover agent Matthew St. Charles is stunned to discover that she is alive and living with his greatest enemy, and he must overcome his feelings of hurt and mistrust in order to rescue the only woman he will ever love. Original.


Author: Gwynne Forster
Publisher: Pinnacle Books
ISBN: 9780786005024
Category: African American women
Page: 376
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After stockbroker Selena Sutton moves to a little Texas town, she finds trouble in Prince Cooper, a spoiled playboy whose advances she fights off. Wanting to make amends for his older brother's behavior, Magnus Cooper shows Selena a tenderness that makes her believe she can trust again. Reissue.

A Private Affair

Author: Donna Hill
Publisher: Kimani Press
ISBN: 1426835426
Category: Fiction
Page: 320
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Nikita Harrell's drive and determination took her to the pinnacle of the New York publishing world. And it also swept her into the arms of Quinn Parker. A proud man with the soul of an artist and the strength to survive on the mean streets of Harlem, Quinn was everything Nikita had been taught to stay away from—and the one man whose passionate courage ignited desires neither could deny. But when Nikita refused to settle for less than a picture-perfect life, she lost the only man she ever loved. Now Quinn is back in her life as the author of a hot new novel that could propel Nikita's publishing house to unimaginable success. To secure both their futures means confronting the differences that once tore them apart, and fighting the reignited desire that burns more fiercely than either ever dreamed. Now, as unexpected rivals and a sudden crisis force them to gamble for one last, desperate chance to reconcile their dreams, can they fulfill the love that has claimed them body and soul?