Academic journal article Arab Studies Quarterly

We Are Iraqis: Aesthetics and Politics in Time of War

Academic journal article Arab Studies Quarterly

We Are Iraqis: Aesthetics and Politics in Time of War

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Nadje AI-Ali and Deborah Al- Najjar. Editors. We Are Iraqis: Aesthetics and Politics in Time of War Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 2013. 257 pages. Hardcover $45.00

This book is about trauma, memory, and coping. It is a display of the genius of the Iraqi people, men, women, and children, and their impressive ability to cope, to try to live and create an everyday that has a semblance of normality despite the destruction that befell their country and despite the potential danger and trauma that burdened their daily lives. Iraqis did not only try to live their lives (preparing food, sending their children to school, cleaning, socializing, and cracking jokes and dreaming about a better future), but they also produced impressive creative expressions. Writers continue to write, artists make art, and filmmakers make films.

These creative endeavors by Iraq's culture producers were not merely about healing or coping, but were primarily impressive forms of resistance that were ignored and rarely explored. The media not only misused the term, limiting it to armed resistance, but also conflated "Ba'thi fighters, Islamist militia, foreign jihadis, and criminal gangs under the broad label 'insurgents'" (xxvi). …

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