The Bad Ass Librarians of Timbuktu

The Bad Ass Librarians of Timbuktu
Author: Joshua Hammer
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2016
ISBN: 1476777411
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Bad Ass Librarians of Timbuktu Book Excerpt:

Describes how a group of Timbuktu librarians enacted a daring plan to smuggle the city's great collection of rare Islamic manuscripts away from the threat of destruction at the hands of Al Qaeda militants to the safety of southern Mali.

Pioneers in Librarianship

Pioneers in Librarianship
Author: Christian A. Nappo
Publsiher: Rowman & Littlefield
Total Pages: 405
Release: 2022-07-12
ISBN: 1538148765
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Pioneers in Librarianship Book Excerpt:

Pioneers of Librarianship profiles sixty notable librarians who made significant contributions to the field. The achievements of the librarians profiled here are important because they shaped the field. Many of their theories, ideas, and contributions are still being utilized in libraries today.

Bibliophobia

Bibliophobia
Author: Brian Cummings
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 591
Release: 2022
ISBN: 0192847317
Category: Books
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Bibliophobia Book Excerpt:

This volume is illustrated with manuscripts, printed objects, and art works. It tells a 5000-year history of writing and books, giving readers an account of why books matter and how they impact our lives.

African Icons

African Icons
Author: Tracey Baptiste
Publsiher: Hachette UK
Total Pages: 197
Release: 2021-10-19
ISBN: 1643752308
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

African Icons Book Excerpt:

“In African Icons, Baptiste engages in the hard work of unveiling the myths about the African continent to young readers . . . This is a great beginner’s guide to pre-colonial Africa.” —Ibram X. Kendi, National Book Award-winning author of Stamped from the Beginning and How to Be an Antiracist Meet ten real-life kings, queens, inventors, scholars, and visionaries who lived in Africa thousands of years ago and changed the world. Black history began long ago with the many cultures and people of the African continent. Through portraits of ten heroic figures, author Tracey Baptiste takes readers on a journey across Africa to meet some of the great leaders and thinkers whose vision built a continent and shaped the world. Illustrator Hillary D. Wilson’s brilliant portraits accompany each profile, along with vivid, information-filled landscapes, maps, and graphics for readers to pore over and return to again and again.

Diversity and Inclusion in Libraries

Diversity and Inclusion in Libraries
Author: Shannon D. Jones,Beverly Murphy
Publsiher: Rowman & Littlefield
Total Pages: 210
Release: 2019-07-24
ISBN: 1538114402
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Diversity and Inclusion in Libraries Book Excerpt:

This book explores some of the challenges that libraries and librarians face due to diversity and inclusion issues among library staff, as well as the patrons that they serve. Its goal is to increase awareness of and sensitivity to the social, cultural, and educational needs of everyone involved.

Bibliophiles Murderous Bookmen and Mad Librarians

Bibliophiles  Murderous Bookmen  and Mad Librarians
Author: Robert Richmond Ellis
Publsiher: University of Toronto Press
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2022-03-01
ISBN: 1487542380
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Bibliophiles Murderous Bookmen and Mad Librarians Book Excerpt:

The word "bibliophilia" indicates a love of books, both as texts to be read and objects to be cherished for their physical qualities. Throughout the history of Iberian print culture, bibliophiles have attempted to explain the psychological experiences of reading and collecting books, as well as the social and economic conditions of book production. Bibliophiles, Murderous Bookmen, and Mad Librarians analyses Spanish bibliophiles who catalogue, organize, and archive books, as well as the publishers, artists, and writers who create them. Robert Richmond Ellis examines how books are represented in modern Spanish writing and how Spanish bibliophiles reflect on the role of books in their lives and in the histories and cultures of modern Spain. Through the combined approaches of literary studies, book history, and the book arts, Ellis argues that two strains of Spanish bibliophilia coalesce in the modern period: one that envisions books as a means of achieving personal fulfilment, and another that engages with politics and uses books to affirm linguistic, cultural, and regional and national identities.

African Goddess Initiation

African Goddess Initiation
Author: Abiola Abrams
Publsiher: Hay House, Inc
Total Pages: 424
Release: 2021-07-20
ISBN: 1401962955
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

African Goddess Initiation Book Excerpt:

A sacred feminine initiation of self-love and soul care rituals, tools, and exercises. Spiritual teacher, intuitive coach, and award-winning author, Abiola Abrams invites you to activate African goddess magic to transmute your fears and limiting beliefs, so that you can create more happiness, abundance, and self-acceptance. Africa is a continent of 54+ countries, and her children are global. There is no one African spiritual tradition. Our ancestors who were trafficked in "The New World" hid the secrets of our orishas, abosom, lwas, álúsí, and god/desses behind saints, angels, and legendary characters. From South Africa to Egypt, Brazil to Haiti, Guyana to Louisiana, goddess wisdom still empowers us. Writes Abiola, "Spirit told me, "We choose who shows up." And if you are holding this book, then this sacred medicine is meant for you. In this book, you will meet ancient goddesses and divine feminine energy ancestors, legendary queens, and mystical spirits. As you complete their powerful rituals, and ascend through their temples, you will: . Awaken generational healing in the Temple of Ancestors; . Manifest your miracles in the Temple of Conjurers; . Release the struggle in the Temple of Warriors; . Embrace your dark goddess self in the Temple of Shadows; . Heal your primal wounds in the Temple of Lovers; . Liberate your voice in the Temple of Griots; . Open your third eye intuition in the Temple of Queens; and . Surrender, meditate, and rise in the Temple of High Priestesses. Welcome to your goddess circle!

Babel Unbound

Babel Unbound
Author: Lesley Cowling,Carolyn Hamilton
Publsiher: Wits University Press
Total Pages: 292
Release: 2020-05-15
ISBN: 1776145933
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Babel Unbound Book Excerpt:

In this timely, original and sophisticated collection, writers from the Global South demonstrate that forms of publicness are multiple, mobile and varied. The notion that societies mediate issues through certain kinds of engagement is at the heart of imaginings of democracy and often centers on the ideal of the public sphere. But this imagined foundation of how we live collectively appears to have suffered a dramatic collapse across the world, with many democracies apparently unable to solve problems through talk – or even to agree on who speaks, in what ways and where. In the 10 essays in this timely, original and sophisticated collection, writers from southern Africa combine theoretical analysis with the examination of historical cases and contemporary developments to demonstrate that forms of publicness are multiple, mobile and varied. They propose new concepts and methodologies to analyse how public engagements work in society. Babel Unbound examines charged examples from the Global South, such as the centuries old Timbuktu archive, Nelson Mandela as a powerful absent presence in 1960s public life, and the challenges to the terms of contemporary debate around the student activism of #rhodesmustfall and #feesmustfall. These show how issues of public discussion span both archive and media, verbal debates in formal spaces and visual performances that circulate in unpredictable ways.

Everyday Faith in Sufi Senegal

Everyday Faith in Sufi Senegal
Author: Laura L. Cochrane
Publsiher: Taylor & Francis
Total Pages: 158
Release: 2017-07-14
ISBN: 1351817981
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Everyday Faith in Sufi Senegal Book Excerpt:

Everyday Faith in Sufi Senegal explores the historical, religious, cultural and economic contexts of Islam in Senegal through the narrative first-hand accounts of people’s everyday lives. Drawing on rich ethnographic fieldwork conducted by the author over a period of seven years, the result is a critical look at Senegal’s religious diversity within Islamic beliefs and practices. Containing interviews from men and women in both rural and urban locations, this book is an important contribution to the literature on Islamic practices, providing a much-needed perspective from ordinary practitioners of the faith. It is essential reading for scholars of the anthropology of religion, Islamic studies, mysticism, African studies, and development studies.

Understanding Boko Haram

Understanding Boko Haram
Author: James J. Hentz,Hussein Solomon
Publsiher: Taylor & Francis
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2017-05-08
ISBN: 1315525046
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Understanding Boko Haram Book Excerpt:

The primary objective of this book is to understand the nature of the Boko Haram insurgency in northeast Nigeria. Boko Haram’s goal of an Islamic Caliphate, starting in the Borno State in the North East that will eventually cover the areas of the former Kanem-Borno Empire, is a rejection of the modern state system forced on it by the West. The central theme of this volume examines the relationship between the failure of the state-building project in Nigeria and the outbreak and nature of insurgency. At the heart of the Boko Haram phenomenon is a country racked with cleavages, making it hard for Nigeria to cohere as a modern state. Part I introduces this theme and places the Boko Haram insurgency in a historical context. There are, however, multiple cleavages in Nigeria ̶ ethnic, regional, cultural, and religious ̶ and Part II examines the different state-society dynamics fuelling the conflict. Political grievances are common to every society; however, what gives Boko Haram the space to express such grievances through violence? Importantly, this volume demonstrates that the insurgency is, in fact, a reflection of the hollowness within Nigeria’s overall security. Part III looks at the responses to Boko Haram by Nigeria, neighbouring states, and external actors. For Western actors, Boko Haram is seen as part of the "global war on terror" and the fact that it has pledged allegiance to ISIS encourages this framing. However, as the chapters here discuss, this is an over-simplification of Boko Haram and the West needs to address the multiple dimension of Boko Haram. This book will be of much interest to students of terrorism and political violence, insurgencies, African politics, war and conflict studies, and IR in general.

Code and Clay Data and Dirt

Code and Clay  Data and Dirt
Author: Shannon Mattern
Publsiher: U of Minnesota Press
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2017-11-01
ISBN: 1452955425
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Code and Clay Data and Dirt Book Excerpt:

For years, pundits have trumpeted the earthshattering changes that big data and smart networks will soon bring to our cities. But what if cities have long been built for intelligence, maybe for millennia? In Code and Clay, Data and Dirt Shannon Mattern advances the provocative argument that our urban spaces have been “smart” and mediated for thousands of years. Offering powerful new ways of thinking about our cities, Code and Clay, Data and Dirt goes far beyond the standard historical concepts of origins, development, revolutions, and the accomplishments of an elite few. Mattern shows that in their architecture, laws, street layouts, and civic knowledge—and through technologies including the telephone, telegraph, radio, printing, writing, and even the human voice—cities have long negotiated a rich exchange between analog and digital, code and clay, data and dirt, ether and ore. Mattern’s vivid prose takes readers through a historically and geographically broad range of stories, scenes, and locations, synthesizing a new narrative for our urban spaces. Taking media archaeology to the city’s streets, Code and Clay, Data and Dirt reveals new ways to write our urban, media, and cultural histories.

The Politics of International Criminal Law

The Politics of International Criminal Law
Author: Holly Cullen,Philipp Kastner,Sean Richmond
Publsiher: BRILL
Total Pages: 407
Release: 2020-12-15
ISBN: 9004372490
Category: Law
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Politics of International Criminal Law Book Excerpt:

The Politics of International Criminal Law is an interdisciplinary collection of original research that examines the often noted but understudied political dimensions of International Criminal Law, and the challenges this nascent legal regime faces to its legitimacy in world affairs.

The Written World

The Written World
Author: Martin Puchner
Publsiher: Granta Books
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2017-11-16
ISBN: 178378315X
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Written World Book Excerpt:

From clay tablets to the printing press. From the pencil to the internet. From the Epic of Gilgamesh to Harry Potter. This is the true story of literature -- of how great texts and technologies have shaped cultures and civilizations and altered human history. The inventions of paper, the printing press and the world wide web are usually considered the major influences on the way we share stories. Less well known is the influence of Greek generals, Japanese court ladies, Spanish adventurers, Malian singers and American astronauts, and yet all of them played a crucial role in shaping and spreading literature as we know it today. The Written World tells the captivating story of the development of literature, where stories intersect with writing technologies like clay, stone, parchment, paper, printing presses and computers. Central to the development of religions, political movements and even nations, texts spread useful truths and frightening disinformation, and have the power to change lives. Through vivid storytelling and across a huge sweep of time, The Written World offers a new and enticing perspective on human history.

Terrorism Worldwide 2016

Terrorism Worldwide  2016
Author: Edward Mickolus
Publsiher: McFarland
Total Pages: 260
Release: 2018-02-20
ISBN: 1476630267
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Terrorism Worldwide 2016 Book Excerpt:

 This third comprehensive chronology of international terrorist attacks covers 2016, during which the Islamic State suffered several battlefield reversals yet continued its operations as the most active, well-financed and well-armed terrorist group worldwide. Domestic and international incidents around the world are covered and several trends are observed. A new format and organization allows readers to quickly access the most up-to-date information and make regional comparisons.

The Arts and Crafts of Literacy

The Arts and Crafts of Literacy
Author: Andrea Brigaglia,Mauro Nobili
Publsiher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
Total Pages: 377
Release: 2017-09-25
ISBN: 3110541645
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Arts and Crafts of Literacy Book Excerpt:

During the last two decades, the (re-)discovery of thousands of manuscripts in different regions of sub-Saharan Africa has questioned the long-standing approach of Africa as a continent only characterized by orality and legitimately assigned to the continent the status of a civilization of written literacy. However, most of the existing studies mainly aim at serving literary and historical purposes, and focus only on the textual dimension of the manuscripts. This book advances on the contrary a holistic approach to the study of these manuscripts and gather contributions on the different dimensions of the manuscript, i.e. the materials, the technologies, the practices and the communities involved in the production, commercialization, circulation, preservation and consumption. The originality of this book is found in its methodological approach as well as its comparative geographic focus, presenting studies on a continental scale, including regions formerly neglected by existing scholarship, provides a unique opportunity to expand our still scanty knowledge of the different manuscript cultures that the African continent has developed and that often can still be considered as living traditions.

Islam Revival and Reform

Islam  Revival  and Reform
Author: Natana J. DeLong-Bas
Publsiher: Syracuse University Press
Total Pages: 358
Release: 2022-04-22
ISBN: 0815655452
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Islam Revival and Reform Book Excerpt:

Rooted in the world historical methodology of John O. Voll, this collection brings together a diverse group of scholars to investigate the ongoing impact of revival and reform movements beginning in the eighteenth century and continuing through to the present. Ranging from the MENA region to Africa, India, and China, and covering a variety of religious interpretations, from scripturalist to Sufism, these essays offer new perspectives on movements including the Wahhabis of Arabia, the Sokoto Caliphate, the neo-Sufism of Shah Wali Allah of Delhi, Sufi scholars and networks on the African continent, and the Muslim Brotherhood. Contributors explore encounters between Islamic revival and reform and modernity with a focus on the ways in which Islamic reforms influence the political sphere. Concluding with contemporary reinterpretations of Islam in the digital arena, this volume examines, but also moves beyond, texts to include embodiments of religious practice, the development of religious culture and education, and attention to women’s contributions to education, cultural production, and community building.

Heritage Justice

Heritage Justice
Author: Charlotte Joy
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2020-11-30
ISBN: 1108901409
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Heritage Justice Book Excerpt:

Heritage Justice explores how far past wrongs can be remedied through compensatory mechanisms involving material culture. The Element goes beyond a critique of global heritage brokers such as UNESCO, the ICC and museums as redundant, Eurocentric and elitist to explore why these institutions have become the focus for debates about global heritage justice. Three broad modes of compensatory mechanisms are identified: recognition, economic reparation and return. Arguing against Jenkins (2016) that museums should not be the site for difficult conversations about the past, Heritage Justice proposes that it is exactly the space around objects and sites created by museums and global institutions that allows for conversations about future dignity. The challenge for cultural practitioners is to broaden out ideas of material identity beyond source communities, private property and economic value to encompass dynamic global shifts in mobility and connectivity.

Diversity Inclusion and Decolonization

Diversity  Inclusion  and Decolonization
Author: Day, Abby,Lee, Lois
Publsiher: Policy Press
Total Pages: 284
Release: 2022-05-19
ISBN: 1529216672
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Diversity Inclusion and Decolonization Book Excerpt:

Despite progress, the Western higher education system is still largely dominated by scholars from the privileged classes of the Global North. This book presents examples of efforts to diversify points of view, include previously excluded people, and decolonize curricula. What has worked? What hasn’t? What further visions do we need? How can we bring about a more democratic and just academic life for all? Written by scholars from different disciplines, countries, and backgrounds, this book offers an internationally relevant, practical guide to ‘doing diversity’ in the social sciences and humanities and decolonising higher education as a whole.

The Politics of Knowledge

The Politics of Knowledge
Author: Richard K. Laird
Publsiher: Rowman & Littlefield
Total Pages: 310
Release: 2019-05-03
ISBN: 1498576001
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Politics of Knowledge Book Excerpt:

This book restores the credibility of politics with the basics of human behavior and social science. It does this by discussing how to retain the positive relationship between learnability and livability.

Terrorism 2013 2015

Terrorism  2013 2015
Author: Edward Mickolus
Publsiher: McFarland
Total Pages: 572
Release: 2016-08-08
ISBN: 1476664374
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Terrorism 2013 2015 Book Excerpt:

This second comprehensive chronology of international terrorist attacks covers three eventful years during which the Islamic State supplanted al-Qaeda as the most active, well-financed and well-armed terrorist group worldwide. Domestic and international incidents around the globe are covered, outlining several trends and exploding a number of media myths. The author examines the enigmas of contemporary terrorist behavior and offers indicators and predictions to watch for in the coming years.