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The Women Of Karbala: Ritual Performance And Symbolic Discourses In Modern Shi'i Islam

Commemorating the Battle of Karbala, in which the Prophet Mohammad's grandson Hosayn and seventy-two of his family members and supporters were martyred in 680 CE, is the central religious observance of Shi'i Islam. Though much has been written abo......

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Long Dark Road: Bill King And Murder In Jasper, Texas - Ricardo C. Ainslie

On a long dark road in deep East Texas, James Byrd Jr. was dragged to his death behind a pickup truck one summer night in 1998. The brutal modern-day lynching stunned people across America and left everyone at a loss to explain how such a heinous ......

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Tejano Journey, 1770-1850

A century before the arrival of Stephen F. Austin's colonists, Spanish settlers from Mexico were putting down roots in Texas. From San Antonio de Bexar and La Bahia (Goliad) northeastward to Los Adaes and later Nacogdoches, they formed communities......

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Together, Alone: A Memoir Of Marriage And Place - Susan Wittig Albert

What does it mean to belong to a place, to be truly rooted and grounded in the place you call home? How do you commit to a marriage, to a full partnership with another person, and still maintain your own separate identity? These questions have bee......

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So Far From Allah, So Close To Mexico: Middle Eastern Immigrants In Modern Mexico - Theresa Alfaro-velcamp

Middle Eastern immigration to Mexico is one of the intriguing, untold stories in the history of both regions. In So Far from Allah, So Close to Mexico, Theresa Alfaro-Velcamp presents the fascinating findings of her extensive fieldwork in Mexico a......

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Paleoindian Geoarchaeology Of The Southern High Plains - Vance T. Holliday

The Southern High Plains of northwestern Texas and eastern New Mexico are rich in Paleoindian archaeological sites, including such well-known ones as Clovis, Lubbock Lake, Plainview, and Midland. These sites have been extensively researched over d......

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Hispanic Spaces, Latino Places: Community And Cultural Diversity In Contemporary America

Hispanics/Latinos are the largest ethnic minority in the United States-but they are far from being a homogenous group. Mexican Americans in the Southwest have roots that extend back four centuries, while Dominicans and Salvadorans are very recent ......

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Celluloid Vampires: Life After Death In The Modern World - Stacey Abbott

In 1896, French magician and filmmaker George Méliès brought forth the first celluloid vampire in his film Le manoir du diable. The vampire continues to be one of film's most popular gothic monsters and in fact, today more people become acquainted......

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Fifty Years Of Change On The U.s.-mexico Border: Growth, Development, And Quality Of Life - , James Gerber

The U.S. and Mexican border regions have experienced rapid demographic and economic growth over the last fifty years. In this analysis, Joan Anderson and James Gerber offer a new perspective on the changes and tensions pulling at the border from b......

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Cinema Of Anxiety: A Psychoanalysis Of Italian Neorealism - Vincent F. Rocchio

The "new" realism of Italian cinema after World War II represented and in many ways attempted to contain the turmoil of a society struggling to rid itself of Fascism while fighting off the threat of radical egalitarianism at the same time. In this......

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The Female Voice In Sufi Ritual: Devotional Practices Of Pakistan And India - Shemeem Burney Abbas

The female voice plays a more central role in Sufi ritual, especially in the singing of devotional poetry, than in almost any other area of Muslim culture. Female singers perform sufiana-kalam, or mystical poetry, at Sufi shrines and in concerts, ......

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We're The Light Crust Doughboys From Burrus Mill: An Oral History - Jean A. Boyd

The Light Crust Doughboys are one of the most long-lived and musically versatile bands in America. Formed in the early 1930s under the sponsorship of Burrus Mill and Elevator Company of Fort Worth, Texas, with Bob Wills and Milton Brown (the origi......

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Creole Economics: Caribbean Cunning Under The French Flag - Katherine E. Browne

What do the trickster Rabbit, slave descendants, off-the-books economies, and French citizens have to do with each other? Plenty, says Katherine Browne in her anthropological investigation of the informal economy in the Caribbean island of Martini......

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The Concubine, The Princess, And The Teacher: Voices From The Ottoman Harem

In the Western imagination, the Middle Eastern harem was a place of sex, debauchery, slavery, miscegenation, power, riches, and sheer abandon. But for the women and children who actually inhabited this realm of the imperial palace, the reality was......

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Desert Duty: On The Line With The U.s. Border Patrol - , Mark Haynes

While politicians and pundits endlessly debate immigration policy, U.S. Border Patrol agents put their lives on the line to enforce immigration law. In a day's work, agents may catch a load of narcotics, apprehend groups of people entering the cou......

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Shooting Stars Of The Small Screen: Encyclopedia Of Tv Western Actors, 1946-present - Douglas Brode

Since the beginning of television, Westerns have been playing on the small screen. From the mid-1950s until the early 1960s, they were one of TV's most popular genres, with millions of viewers tuning in to such popular shows as Rawhide, Gunsmoke, ......

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