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Makiya, Kanan

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Republic of fear : the politics of modern Iraq by Samir Khalil( )

38 editions published between 1989 and 2003 in 4 languages and held by 3,408 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"First published in 1989, just before the Gulf War broke out. Republic of Fear was the only book that explained the motives of the Saddam Hussein regime in invading and annexing Kuwait. Written under the pseudonym Samir al-Khalil, the book now appears for the first time under the author's real name. This updated edition relates how the Arab Bath Socialist party has transformed Iraq since 1968. A substantial new introduction focuses on the changes in Hussein's regime since the Gulf War. With Hussein still in power, Republic of Fear remains an important and timely book."--Jacket
Republic of fear : the inside story of Saddam's Iraq by Kanan Makiya( Book )

20 editions published between 1989 and 1991 in English and held by 1,316 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A political analysis of Saddam Hussein and Iraqi society
Cruelty and silence : war, tyranny, uprising, and the Arab World by Samir al- Khalil( Book )

25 editions published between 1992 and 1994 in 3 languages and held by 1,075 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first alarm about the brutality and totalitarian nature of Saddam Husain's regime was sounded eloquently in the widely praised international bestseller, Republic of Fear. Writing then under the pseudonym Samir al-Khalil, Kanan Makiya, an Iraqi dissident in exile, exposed the premise and methodology of Saddam's Ba'ath Party and the power it wields over the state. Now - in Cruelty and Silence, writing for the first time under his own name, Makiya widens his scope to bravely - and certainly controversially - confront the rhetoric of Arab and pro-Arab intellectuals with the realities of political cruelty in the Middle East. Part One, a compelling example of the literature of witness, is a journey through cruelty told in the words of Khalil, Abu Haydar, Omar, Mustafa, and Taimour - the Arab and Kurdish heroes of this book. In a bid to place cruelty at the center of Arab discourse, the author fashions their testimony into stories, or metaphors for occupation, prejudice, revolution, and routinized violence. In 1991 Makiya entered Northern Iraq on a clandestine mission. He was the first person to bring the Ba'ath Party's campaign of mass murder known as the Anfal - a campaign comparable to those perpetrated by the Nazis and the Khmer Rouge - to the attention of the outside world. His account of the Anfal is contained in "Taimour" and it brings the journey through cruelty to a close. In Part Two, "Silence," Makiya links these tales of survival to an examination of the Arab intelligentsia's response to Saddam Husain and the Gulf War, showing that the flood of condemnation of the West for its handling of the crisis was barely matched by a trickle of protest over Saddam's brutal massacres of Arabs and Kurds. The words of intellectuals, he demonstrates, are separated by a gigantic chasm from those of the survivors. Makiya is sharply critical of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza and also of the way the Gulf War was conducted and left unfinished by the Allied coalition. But he also argues that "anti-Zionism" and "anti-imperialism" have been turned by the Arab and pro-Arab intelligentsia into a "politics of silence" towards cruelty. In his exploration of these "landscapes of cruelty and silence," Makiya lays out the nationalist mythologies that underpin them. He calls for a new politics in the Arab world - a politics that puts absolute respect for human life, and revulsion at cruelty, above all else
The rock : a tale of seventh-century Jerusalem by Kanan Makiya( Book )

24 editions published between 2001 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 913 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This historically based account of the building of the Dome of the Rock reconstructs the paths of the actual individuals whose spiritual journeys revolved around the seventh-century lore of the Rock."--Jacket
The rope by Kanan Makiya( Book )

4 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 494 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From the best-selling author of Republic of Fear, a gritty, unflinching, haunting novel about Iraqi failure in the wake of the 2003 American war. Told from the perspective of a Shi'ite militiaman whose participation in the execution of Saddam Hussein changes his life in ways he could not anticipate, the novel examines the birth of sectarian politics out of a legacy of betrayal and victimhood. A nameless narrator stumbles upon a corpse on the day of the fall of Saddam Hussein. Swept up in the tumultuous politics of the American occupation, he is taken on a journey that concludes with the discovery of what happened to his father who disappeared in the tyrant's Gulag in 1991. His questions about his father, like those surrounding the mysterious corpse outside his house, were ignored by his mother, and by his uncle, in whose house he was raised. But he is older now, and a fighter in his uncle's Army of the Awaited One, which is leading an insurrection against the occupation. Clues accumulate: a letter surreptitiously delivered to his mother during his father's imprisonment; stories told by his dying grandfather. Not until the last hour before the tyrant's execution, is the narrator given the final piece of the puzzle. It comes from Saddam Hussein himself. It is a story about loyalty and betrayal; victims turned victimizers; secrecy and loss. And about identity--the haste with which it is cobbled together, or undone, always at terrible cost. It is a story that will stay with readers long after they finish the final page"--
Road to 9/11( Visual )

6 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 441 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

" ... this dramatic documentary chronicles the deep historical roots of Al-Qáida, examining the years of political oppression, economic stagnation, religious fanaticism, and violence that gave rise to the attacks of September 11. 2002. It features rare footage, and insightful commentary by leading scholars and journalists including Bernard Lewis, Fareed Zakaria, Thomas Friedman, Irshad Manji, Azar Nafisis, Kanan Makiya, Fawaz Gerges, and David Fromkin."
The monument : art and vulgarity in Saddam Hussein's Iraq by Samir al- Khalil( Book )

4 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 193 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Monument is a study of the interplay between art and politics -- of how culture, normally an unquestioned good, can play into the hands of power with devastating effects. Kanan Makiya uses the culture invented by Saddam Hussein as a window into the nature of totalitarianism and shows how art can become the weapon of dictatorship. Under Saddam Hussein, culture connived in his evil -- The Monument explains how. It is essential reading for anyone concerned with the power of culture and the culture of power
Post-Islamic classicism : a visual essay on the architecture of Mohamed Makiya by Kanan Makiya( Book )

9 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 152 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Islam vs. Islam : a special edition of NOW with Bill Moyers( Visual )

2 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 74 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the West, Islam is often oversimplified-to the detriment of better understanding this complex religion and the diverse interpretations inspired by its tenets. The Aspen Institute and Bill Moyers brought together eight journalists and scholars from the U.S., Pakistan, France, Iraq, Turkey, India, and Britain to join in a conversation about the history and motives of the states too easily grouped under the heading "Islamic nations." The panelists identify and explore the fulcrum of the conflict: increasing tension between the growth of religious expression in the region and the pressures of modernity from the West
Justice and Jihad( Visual )

2 editions published between 2002 and 2004 in English and held by 62 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bill Moyers interviews journalists and scholars about the conflicts between Israelis and Palestinians. Their dialogue explores the religious and political roots of these chronic troubles and presents an outline of a viable future accord
NOW with Bill Moyers : struggles and solutions in the Middle East( Visual )

2 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At an Aspen Institute seminar on Islam and the West moderated by Moyers, eight distinguished journalists and scholars from around the world discuss reactions to the destruction of the World Trade Center towers and what subsequent events reveal about Islam's contradictions. Special attention is paid to the influence of the Arab-Israeli conflict, and the perception of unlimited American support for Israel. The panel draws distinctions between the behavior of Muslims and the teachings of Islam and articulates the difference between terrorist groups such as Al Qaeda and fundamentalist political groups. They debate the clash of Islam with a modern world and how the Koran can be reconciled with democracy and a viable economy
NOW with Bill Moyers : struggles and solutions in the Middle East( Visual )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Muslims are a monotheistic people; they believe in one God, Allah, but Muslims around the world are not of one mind. A conference sponsored by the Aspen Institute explored the great collisions of the 21st century, beginning with the collision between Islam and the West. Eight journalists and scholars--among them Muslims, Christians, Jews, and Agnostics--discuss the reactions to September 11 in the Muslim community, and what events since 9/11 reveal about Islam's own contradictions
al-Qaswah wa-al-ṣamt : al-ḥarb wa-al-ṭughyān wa-al-intifāḍah fī al-ʻālam al-ʻArabī by Kanan Makiya( Book )

2 editions published between 2002 and 2005 in Arabic and English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

al-Fitnah : riwāyah by Kanan Makiya( Book )

2 editions published in 2016 in Arabic and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The rope : a novel by Kanan Makiya( )

3 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the best-selling author of Republic of Fear, a gritty, unflinching, haunting novel about Iraqi failure in the wake of the 2003 American war. Told from the perspective of a Shi'ite militiaman whose participation in the execution of Saddam Hussein changes his life in ways he could not anticipate, the novel examines the birth of sectarian politics out of a legacy of betrayal and victimhood. A nameless narrator stumbles upon a corpse on the day of the fall of Saddam Hussein. Swept up in the tumultuous politics of the American occupation, he is taken on a journey that concludes with the discovery of what happened to his father, who disappeared in the tyrant's gulag in 1991. His questions about his father, like those surrounding the mysterious corpse outside his house, were ignored by his mother, and by his uncle, in whose house he was raised. But he is older now, and a fighter in his uncles Army of the Awaited One, which is leading an insurrection against the occupation. Clues accumulate: a letter surreptitiously delivered to his mother during his father's imprisonment; stories told by his dying grandfather. Not until the last hour before the tyrant's execution is the narrator given the final piece of the puzzle. It comes from Saddam Hussein himself. It is a story about loyalty and betrayal, victims turned victimizers, secrecy and loss--and identity: the haste with which it is cobbled together, or undone, always at terrible cost. It is a story that will stay with readers long after they finish the final page
al-Ḥarb allatī lam taktamil : al-dīmuqrāṭīyah fī al-ʻIrāq wa- masʼūlīyat al-taḥāluf by Samir Khalil( Book )

1 edition published in 1991 in Arabic and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The monument : art, vulgarity and responsability in Iraq by Samir Al- Khalil( Book )

4 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

NOW with Bill Moyers : stuggles and solutions in the Middle East( Visual )

1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this two-part series, the Aspen Institute and Bill Moyers assemble a panel of eight international journalists and scholars to examine the contexts and causes of the ongoing struggles in the Midddle East. Their dialogue does not simply stop at an assessment of the religious and and sociopolitical dynamics of the region, but goes on towards a formulation of a possible plan for peace."--Publisher's website
Iraq : was the war worth it? by Kanan Makiya( )

2 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Was the Iraq War a colossal mistake? Should the U.S. try to extricate itself from a situation it helped to create? Mr. Makiya's lecture addresses these questions
Irak, la machine infernale : politique de l'Irak moderne by Kanan Makiya( Book )

1 edition published in 1991 in French and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Un exposé sur le régime baassiste en Irak
 
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Cruelty and silence : war, tyranny, uprising, and the Arab World al-Qaswah wa-al-ṣamt : al-ḥarb wa-al-ṭughyān wa-al-intifāḍah fī al-ʻālam al-ʻArabī
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Cruelty and silence : war, tyranny, uprising, and the Arab WorldThe rock : a tale of seventh-century JerusalemRoad to 9/11The monument : art and vulgarity in Saddam Hussein's IraqPost-Islamic classicism : a visual essay on the architecture of Mohamed Makiyaal-Qaswah wa-al-ṣamt : al-ḥarb wa-al-ṭughyān wa-al-intifāḍah fī al-ʻālam al-ʻArabī
Alternative Names
Al-Khalil, Samer

Al-Khalil, Samer 1949-

al-Khalil, Samir

̂al-K̂halil, Samir 1949-

H̲alīl Samīr al-

Kanan Makiya

Kanan Makiya American orientalist

Kanan Makiya orientalista iraquín

Kanʿān Makkiyyaẗ

Khalil, Samir

Khalil, Samir 1949-

Khalil, Samir al-

Makiya Kanan

Makiya, Kanʿān, 1949-

Makkīya, Kanʿān 1949-

Makkīyah, Kanʻān

Makkīyah, Kinān

Makkīyah, Kinān 1949-

Samīr al-H̲alīl

Samir al-Khalil

כנעאן מקייה

الخليل, سمير

الخليل، سمير، 1949-

سمير الخليل

سمير الخليل، 1949-

كنعان مكية

كنعان، مكية، 1949-

مكية، كنان

مكية، كنعان

カナアーン・マキーヤ

Languages
English (138)

Arabic (10)

Spanish (5)

Turkish (4)

Dutch (3)

French (1)

Persian (1)