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Bahrani, Zainab 1962-

Overview
Works: 25 works in 125 publications in 3 languages and 3,553 library holdings
Genres: History  Sources  Exhibition catalogs  Art  Academic theses  Military history 
Roles: Author, Editor, Translator
Classifications: DS69.5, 935
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Most widely held works by Zainab Bahrani
The invention of cuneiform : writing in Sumer by Jean-Jacques Glassner( Book )

8 editions published between 2003 and 2007 in English and held by 452 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Women of Babylon : gender and representation in Mesopotamia by Zainab Bahrani( Book )

15 editions published between 2001 and 2013 in English and Arabic and held by 397 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Women's history and histories of the body and sexuality in antiquity can be written for much earlier civilisations than those of ancient Greece and Rome. Women of Babylon investigates the representation of women and the concepts of femininity and sex that prevailed in ancient Mesopotamia, providing the first book-length study of its kind on an ancient Near Eastern culture." "The work provides a useful overview of feminist theory as it has developed over the past three decades in the areas of art history and archaeology and also offers a clear exposition of current feminist debates. The relationship of postmodernism, poststructuralism, post-colonialism and feminist theory is analysed, as well as the question of their relevance to the study of antiquity. These discussions should be useful for students of antiquity in general. The author also outlines a framework for an entirely new methodology in the study of women and gender in Near Eastern antiquity."--Jacket
Myth and politics in ancient Near Eastern historiography by Mario Liverani( Book )

20 editions published between 2004 and 2007 in English and Spanish and held by 386 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The essays included in this volume analyze important historical texts from various regions of the ancient Near East. The distinguished Italian historian Mario Liverani suggests that these historiographical texts were of a "true" historical nature and that their literary forms achieved their intended results. Liverani focuses on two central themes in these texts: myth and politics. There is a close connection, Liverani finds, between the writing of history and the validation of political order and political action. History defines the correct role and behavior of political leaders, especially when they do not possess the validation provided by tradition. Historical texts, he discovers, are more often the tools for supporting change than for supporting stability." "Liverani demonstrates that history writing in the ancient Near East made frequent use of mythical patterns, wisdom motifs, and literary themes in order to fulfill its audience's cultural expectations. The resulting nonhistorical literary forms can mislead interpretation, but an analysis of these forms allows the texts' sociopolitical and communicative frameworks to emerge."--Jacket
The graven image : representation in Babylonia and Assyria by Zainab Bahrani( Book )

15 editions published between 2003 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 353 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Mesopotamia, the world's earliest literate culture, developed a rich philosophical conception of representation in which the world was saturated with signs. Instead of imitating the natural world, representation - both in writing and in visual images - was thought to participate in the world and to have an effect upon it in natural, magical, and supernatural ways. The Graven Image is the first book to explore this tradition, which developed prior to, and apart from, the Greek understanding of representation." "The Graven Image describes, for the first time, rituals and wars involving images; the relationship of divination, the organic body, and representation; and the use of images as a substitute for the human form, integrating this ancient material into contemporary debates in critical theory. Bahrani challenges current methodologies in the study of Near Eastern archaeology and art history, introducing a new way to appreciate the unique contributions of Assyrian and Babylonian culture and their complex relationships to the past and present."--Jacket
Rituals of war : the body and violence in Mesopotamia by Zainab Bahrani( Book )

14 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 335 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Rituals of War is an investigation into the earliest historical records of violence and biopolitics. In Mesopotamia, ancient Iraqi (ca. 3000-500 BC) rituals of war and images of violence constituted part of the magical technologies of warfare that formed the underlying irrational processes of war. In Rituals of War, Zainab Bahrani weaves together three lines of inquiry into one historical domain of violence: war, the body, and representation." "Building on Foucault's argument in Discipline and Punish that the art of punishing must rest on a whole technology of representation, Bahrani investigates the ancient Mesopotamian record to reveal how that culture relied on the portrayal of violence and control as part of the mechanics of warfare. Moreover, she takes up the more recent arguments of Giorgio Agamben on sovereign power and biopolitics to focus on the relationship of power, the body, and violence in Assyro-Babylonian texts and monuments of war."--Jacket
The infinite image : art, time and the aesthetic dimension in antiquity by Zainab Bahrani( Book )

4 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 225 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the ancient civilizations of the Near East and Mediterranean, images were used as a way to create reality and reach out to the infinite. Reviving the fascination that gripped the avant-garde and the surrealists when confronted with the arts of the ancient Near East, The Infinite Image presents a radical new reading of Mesopotamian art as an aesthetic realm defined by objects that transcend time in order to carry traces of the past into the present."--Publisher description
Scramble for the past : a story of archaeology in the Ottoman Empire, 1753-1914( Book )

9 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 117 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Modernism and Iraq by Zainab Bahrani( Book )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 61 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Art of Mesopotamia by Zainab Bahrani( Book )

1 edition published in 2017 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mesopotamia is considered the cradle of Western civilization, and the diverse societies that flourished there, nestled around the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, were as culturally rich as this attribution would suggest. Spanning a significant historical period, from 8000 BCE to the arrival of Islam in 636 CE, Art of Mesopotamia explores spectacular structures and objects, as well as the techniques artists used, in order to gain insight into the beliefs and practices of ancient peoples. The volume also introduces the archaeologists who discovered these sites more than a thousand years later. Richly illustrated with more than 400 full-color photographs, Art of Mesopotamia is an astounding record by award-winning author Zainab Bahrani of artworks from this region, many of which have in recent years been damaged or destroyed by war, and as such is of particular and lasting importance. It includes the most up-to-date scholarship and reflects significant new approaches to Mesopotamian art over the past few decades
The administrative building at Tell Al Hiba, Lagash by Zainab Bahrani( Book )

8 editions published between 1989 and 1991 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

XXI Century( Visual )

2 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Art historian Zainab Baharani, who was born in Baghdad, describes the damages to the Iraqi architectural and artistic heritage due to the first Gulf War. The documentary then looks at the regime of Saddam Hussein, his use of gas against the Iranians and the Kurds and the close ties between the Reagan and Bush administrations with Saddah Hussein during the Iran-Iraq War. Finally the invasion of Kuwait, the first Gulf War, the UN sactions against Iraq and their effects on the civilian population are analyzed by historians, human rights workers and international law scholars
Uruk : the first city by Mario Liverani( Book )

9 editions published between 1998 and 2006 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Uruk is the first fully historical analysis of the origins of the city and of the state in southern Mesopotamia, the region providing the earliest evidence in world history related to these seminal developments."--Jacket
The administrative building at Tell Al Hiba, Lagash by Zainab Bahrani( )

3 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cultural heritage in war : moral and military choices by Edward Luttwak( Book )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mesopotamia : ancient art and architecture by Zainab Bahrani( Book )

2 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book is the first in ten years to present a comprehensive survey of art and architecture in Mesopotamia (modern Iraq, northeast Syria and southeast Turkey), from 8000 BCE to the arrival of Islam in 636 BCE. The book is richly illustrated with c. 400 full-colour photographs, and maps and time charts that guide readers through the chronology and geography of this part of the ancient Near East. The book addresses such essential art historical themes as the origins of narrative representation, the first emergence of historical public monuments and the earliest aesthetic commentaries. It explains how images and monuments were made and how they were viewed. It also traces the ancient practices of collecting and conservation and rituals of animating statues and of architectural construction. Accessible to students and non-specialists, the book expands the scope of standard surveys to cover art and architecture from the prehistoric to the Roman era, including the legendary cities of Ur, Babylon, Nineveh, Hatra and Seleucia on the Tigris
Mesopotamia : writing, reasoning, and the gods by Jean Bottéro( Book )

2 editions published between 1992 and 1995 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

... The Mesopotamians, invented writing and with it a new way of looking at the world. In this collection of essays, the French scholar Jean Bottero attempts to go back to the moment which marks the very beginning of history.-publisher description
Antes del Diluvio : Mesopotamia 3500-2100 a.C. by Pedro Azara( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in Spanish and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The administrative building at Tell Al Hiba, Lagash. (Volumes I and II) by Zainab Bahrani( )

2 editions published between 1988 and 1989 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This dissertation analyses the burnt building in area C of Tell Al Hiba, Lagash in southern Iraq, excavated by the Joint Expedition of the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1970-1971. After a survey of the history of Lagash and the excavations at the site of Tell Al Hiba, a discussion of Early Dynastic IIIB, the archaeological time period which the burnt building documents, follows (chapter I). The stratigraphy and architectural remains of the building are discussed in chapter II. A detailed analysis of the material excavated within the building is presented in chapter III (the pottery) and chapter IV (the sealings, texts, and small finds). A study of all the objects in the context of room assemblages follows in chapter V. In the final chapter the building's function is identified as a workshop complex, and the building is placed in its historical context in late Early Dynastic Mesopotamia. A conclusion is reached, from the evidence provided by the burnt building, that the Early Dynastic IIIB period in southern Babylonia may coincide with the reign of Sargon of Akkad in northern Babylonia
Iraq's cutural heritage : monuments, history, and loss by Zainab Bahrani( )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Rituals of war: the body and violence in Mesopotamia by Zainab Bahrani( )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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The invention of cuneiform : writing in Sumer
Alternative Names
Baḥrānī, Zaynab 1962-

Zainab Bahrani

Zainab Bahrani antropologe uit Irak

Zainab Bahrani irakische Archäologin und Anthropologin

Zainab Bahrani Iraqi archaeologist

زينب بحراني

زینب بحرانی

Languages
English (115)

Spanish (3)

Arabic (1)

Covers
Women of Babylon : gender and representation in MesopotamiaMyth and politics in ancient Near Eastern historiographyThe graven image : representation in Babylonia and AssyriaRituals of war : the body and violence in MesopotamiaUruk : the first cityMesopotamia : writing, reasoning, and the gods