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Bahrani, Zainab 1962-

Works: 18 works in 99 publications in 3 languages and 2,740 library holdings
Genres: History  Sources  Exhibition catalogs  Art 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: DS69.5, 935
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Most widely held works by Zainab Bahrani
Myth and politics in ancient Near Eastern historiography by Mario Liverani( Book )
17 editions published between 2004 and 2007 in English and Spanish and held by 643 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."--BOOK JACKET
The graven image : representation in Babylonia and Assyria by Zainab Bahrani( Book )
11 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 575 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."--BOOK JACKET
Women of Babylon : gender and representation in Mesopotamia by Zainab Bahrani( Book )
13 editions published between 2001 and 2013 in English and Arabic and held by 455 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
The invention of cuneiform : writing in Sumer by Jean-Jacques Glassner( Book )
7 editions published between 2003 and 2007 in English and held by 444 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Rituals of war : the body and violence in Mesopotamia by Zainab Bahrani( Book )
11 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 313 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The infinite image : art, time and the aesthetic dimension in antiquity by Zainab Bahrani( Book )
3 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 120 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 )
7 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 83 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Modernism and Iraq by Zainab Bahrani( Book )
2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 56 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The administrative building at Tell Al Hiba, Lagash by Zainab Bahrani( Book )
10 editions published between 1989 and 1991 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Uruk the first city by Mario Liverani( Book )
7 editions published between 1998 and 2006 in English and held by 12 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
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 sanctions against Iraq and their effects on the civilian population are analyzed by historians, human rights workers and international law scholars
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 : writing, reasoning, and the gods by Jean Bottéro( Book )
3 editions published between 1992 and 1995 in English and held by 3 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
The administrative building at Tell Al Hiba, Lagash. (Volumes I and II) by Zainab Bahrani( )
1 edition published in 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
Antes del Diluvio : Mesopotamia 3500-2100 a.C. by Pedro Azara( Book )
1 edition published in 2012 in Spanish and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Nisa babil by Zainab Bahrani( Book )
in Arabic and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Poseer Mesopotamia by Zainab Bahrani( )
in Spanish and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
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
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Alternative Names
Baḥrānī, Zaynab 1962-
English (94)
Spanish (3)
Arabic (2)