Archaeoastronomy and the Maya

  • Auteur: Gerardo Aldana y V.
  • ISBN: 1782976469
  • Date de sortie: 2014-05-30
  • Collection: Oxbow Books
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Archaeoastronomy and the Maya illustrates archaeoastronomical approaches to ancient Mayan cultural production. The book is contextualized through a history of archaeoastronomical investigations into Mayan sites, originating in the 19th century discovery of astronomical tables within hieroglyphic books. Early 20th century archaeological excavations revealed inscriptions carved into stone that also preserved astronomical records, along with architecture that was built to reflect astronomical orientations. These materials provided the basis of a growing professionalized archaeoastronomy, blossoming in the 1970s and expanding into recent years. The chapters here exemplify the advances made in the field during the early 21st century as well as the on-going diversity of approaches, presenting new perspectives and discoveries in ancient Mayan astronomy that result from recent studies of architectural alignments, codices, epigraphy, iconography, ethnography, and calendrics. More than just investigations of esoteric ancient sciences, studies of ancient Mayan astronomy have profoundly aided our understanding of Mayan worldviews. Concepts of time and space, meanings encoded in religious art, intentions underlying architectural alignments, and even methods of political legitimization are all illuminated through the study of Mayan astronomy.


  • Auteur: Marc Trévidic
  • ISBN: 8858686209
  • Date de sortie: 2016-10-06T00:00:00+02:00
  • Collection: Rizzoli
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È il 2000 quando Paul Arezzo, celebre pittore che sta affrontando una profonda crisi creativa, lascia Parigi e arriva nell’arcipelago di Kerkennah, in Tunisia. Il contatto con la vita semplice e con la bellezza delle isole gli restituiscono la voglia di dipingere. A Kerkennah nasce anche un’amicizia importante, con il pescatore Fahrat e la sua famiglia, la moglie Nora e i figli Issam e Ahlam. Paul riconosce l’enorme talento dei due ragazzi: insegna a dipingere a Issam, a suonare il piano alla bellissima Ahlam, e a entrambi a creare, in una sorta di simbiosi, un nuovo linguaggio fatto di musica e immagini. Sembra tutto perfetto. Poi il tumulto del mondo arriva fin lì: la caduta di Ben Ali, la guerra civile in Afghanistan e in Siria, e la violenza che guadagna terreno in tutto il Medio Oriente. Issam si lascia conquistare dal radicalismo islamico, Ahlam invece milita a favore di quella Primavera Araba che infiamma di speranza il Nord Africa. E Paul si trova ad affrontare l’odio che sente crescere nel suo allievo e l’amore, evidente ormai, che lo lega ad Ahlam, tanto più giovane di lui.In questo romanzo drammatico e toccante, nei primi posti delle classifiche francesi per molte settimane, Marc Trévidic ci spiega come avviene la radicalizzazione di un giovane musulmano, fino al tradimento dei suoi affetti più cari.


  • Auteur: Massimo Listri
  • ISBN: 9781864701524
  • Date de sortie: 2005
  • Collection: Images Publishing
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This beautifully illustrated book takes the reader behind the high walls of the history-rich architecture of Marrakech's exotic houses showing richly decorated interiors, colors, fabric s and lighting from a city which draws on both African and Middle Eastern cultures.


  • Auteur: Mia Bloom
  • ISBN: 0812208102
  • Date de sortie: 2012-08-13
  • Collection: University of Pennsylvania Press
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Between 1985 and 2008, female suicide bombers committed more than 230 attacks—about a quarter of all such acts. Women have become the ideal stealth weapon for terrorist groups. They are less likely to be suspected or searched and as a result have been used to strike at the heart of coalition troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. This alarming tactic has been highly effective, garnering extra media attention and helping to recruit more numbers to the terrorists' cause. Yet, as Mia Bloom explains in Bombshell: Women and Terrorism, female involvement in terrorism is not confined to suicide bombing and not limited to the Middle East. From Northern Ireland to Sri Lanka, women have been engaged in all manner of terrorist activities, from generating propaganda to blowing up targets. What drives women to participate in terrorist activities? Bloom—a scholar of both international studies and women's studies—blends scrupulous research with psychological insight to unearth affecting stories from women who were formerly terrorists. She moves beyond gender stereotypes to examine the conditions that really influence female violence, arguing that while women terrorists can be just as bloodthirsty as their male counterparts, their motivations tend to be more intricate and multilayered. Through compelling case studies she demonstrates that though some of these women volunteer as martyrs, many more have been coerced by physical threats or other means of social control. As evidenced by the March 2011 release of Al Qaeda's magazine Al Shamikha, dubbed the jihadi Cosmo, it is clear that women are the future of even the most conservative terrorist organizations. Bombshell is a groundbreaking book that reveals the inner workings of a shocking, unfamiliar world.

Mawsu at tafsir al Ahlam

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  • Date de sortie: 2007
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For the Love of My Dreams

  • Auteur: Ahlam Shalhout
  • ISBN: 0966817923
  • Date de sortie: 2004-02-01
  • Collection: Ahlam Shalhout, LLC
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For The Love of My Dreams is the sequel to Recovering Stolen Dreams. This is a love story that represents overcoming the greatest fear of all-vulnerability in love. It describes the conquest of ego in unmasking pretence. Through innocence and truth, it unveils the surrender to the only love that survives all time and conditions-unconditional love. A viable achievement for all of humanity, it is a necessity for soul evolution and bringing peace within which extends outwardly to all other beings. It imbues onto the reader a new hope for creating one's own heart's desires without fear of failure, knowing that the outcome is shaped by forms of fluid acceptance.

Photography Between Poetry and Politics

  • Auteur: Hilde van Gelder
  • ISBN: 9058676641
  • Date de sortie: 2008
  • Collection: Leuven University Press
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Lieven Gevaert Series 7Does photography have a hybrid or chameleonic character because it can be part of entirely different mixed-media works of art? Photography as a medium is faced with the challenge of escaping from its too-frequent use as rather noncommittal and "poetic" visual imagery. How best might photographers proceed to maintain the integrity of their art? A distinguished group of art historians, art theorists, and specialists in contemporary photography address these issues in Photography between Poetry and Politics. They suggest that by raising a critical debate on the internal workings of the artistic system itself or on broader social problems, photographers might be able to transcend both political and aesthetic concerns, and so revitalize their art form and regain its autonomy.
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