- Series: Rituals of War
- Hardcover: 280 pages
- Publisher: Zone Books (May 2, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1890951846
- ISBN-13: 978-1890951849
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #383,712 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Rituals of War: The Body and Violence in Mesopotamia
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Zainab Bahrani's groundbreaking study of the arts of war in ancient Mesopotamia may seem at first glance to have only the remotest connection to the current war on terror and the war in Iraq. But her investigation of the 'magical technologies' of ancient imperial warfare could not be more timely. Beheadings, mutilations, images of torture and triumph, displacement of populations, and ethnic cleansings justified as sacred missions are just as common today as they were in 653 B.C. Instead of the divination of animal entrails, we have 'actionable intelligence' to provide the rationale for war and a set of dubious predictions of its outcome. This brilliant book is a must read for anyone who wants to understand the role of images in war, and the way that media, symbolic representations, and ritualistic spectacles of iconoclasm play a role just as important as weapons and the movement of armies.(W. J. T. Mitchell, University of Chicago)
About the Author
Zainab Bahrani is Edith Porada Professor of Ancient Near Eastern Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University. She is the author of The Graven Image: Representation in Babylonia and Assyria and Women of Babylon: Gender and Representation in Mesopotamia.
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