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Author Elias, Jamal J., author

Title Alef is for Allah : childhood, emotion, and visual culture in Islamic societies / Jamal J. Elias
Published Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2018]
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Description 1 online resource (xv, 280 pages)
Contents Of children, objects and seeing : an introduction -- Emotion and its affects -- Bringing up baby : the construction of childhood -- Good Muslim boys do their homework -- Cuteness and childhood in Turkey -- The poster children of Pakistan -- Toy guns and the real dead in Iran -- Of children, adults and tomorrow : a conclusion
Summary "Alef is for Allah is the first groundbreaking study of the emotional space occupied by children in modern Islamic societies. Focusing primarily on visual representations of children from modern Turkey, Iran, and Pakistan, the book examines these materials to investigate important concepts, ranging from innocence, cuteness, gender, virtue and devotion to community, nationhood, violence and sacrifice. In addition to exploring a topic that has never been studied comparatively before, Alef is for Allah extends the boundaries of scholarship on emotion, religion, and visual culture, providing unique insight into Islam as it is lived and experienced in the modern world."--Provided by publisher
Notes "Simpson, imprint in humanities."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on November 16, 2018)
Subject Child development -- Social aspects -- Middle East -- Cross-cultural studies.
Children in mass media -- Social aspects -- Iran -- Case studies.
Children in mass media -- Social aspects -- Pakistan -- Case studies.
Children in mass media -- Social aspects -- Turkey -- Case studies.
Emotions -- Social aspects.
Muslim children -- Religious life -- Middle East -- Cross-cultural studies.
Visual perception -- Cross-cultural studies.
Genre/Form Case studies.
Cross-cultural studies.
Case studies.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2017034828
ISBN 0520964403 (electronic book)
9780520964402 (electronic book)
(hardcover ;) (alkaline paper)