Soccer in the Middle East by Alon RaabSoccer in the Middle East by Alon Raab

Soccer in the Middle East

EditorAlon Raab, Issam Khalidi

Hardcover | October 21, 2014

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This collection explores the multifaceted connections between soccer and society in the Middle East. It examines the social significance of soccer and its importance to individuals and the collectivity. Shaped and influenced by such forces as religion, colonialism, nation-building and globalization, the game is a source of both conflict and peace.

Soccer is a vital part of the Middle East's cultural and political fabric. The chapters in this volume include an essay on the leading role played by fans and players during the Arab Spring revolts; anthropological studies of women players in Iraqi Kurdistan, obstacles faced and overcome; reports centered on the politics of Turkish fans; a survey of the political affiliations of Lebanese clubs; studies of'pre-1948 Palestinian sport; and portrayals of Arab athletes in the Israeli media during the second Intifada and how they reflect shifting political realities and attitudes.

The themes of this book are addressed through individual accounts, sociological studies, philosophical speculations and selections culled from literature.

This collection offers fresh insights into the hope that soccer can provide,'demonstrated recently by the successes of the Iraqi national team, suggesting possibilities of unity and solidarity in a fractured land.'In the complex, dynamic and politically fraught societies of the Middle East, soccer captures the imagination and embodies the values and dreams of its followers in multiple configurations.

This book was originally published as a special issue ofSoccer & Society.

Alon Raabis co-editor ofThe Global Game: Writers on Soccer(2008) and teaches Religious Studies at UC Davis in California, USA. His classes include the Israeli-Palestinian Encounter Through Film and Literature and The History and Culture of Soccer. He has written journalistic and academic studies of the game and its culture.Issam Khalid...
Title:Soccer in the Middle EastFormat:HardcoverDimensions:252 pages, 9.69 × 6.85 × 0.98 inPublished:October 21, 2014Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0415612446

ISBN - 13:9780415612449


Table of Contents

1. Soccer in the Middle East: an introductionAlon Raab 2. Race, Place and Soccer: Egypt, Morocco and 'African' identity in the competition to host the 2010 FIFA World CupShaun T. Lopez 3. Playing for identity and independence: the issue of Palestinian statehood and the role of FIFAGlen M.E. Duerr 4. A new heart for Turkish soccer: a virtue ethics diagnosis and treatmentJesus Ilund'-Agurruza and Cem Kuleli 5. The view from the stands: life among Istanbul's soccer fanaticsElif Batuman 6. Reshaping the national bounds through fandom: the UltrAslan of GalatasarayAdrien Battini  7. Spring forward: female Muslim soccer players in Iraqi KurdistanGeoff Harkness  8. A hobby or hobbling? Playing Palestinian women's soccer in IsraelKenda R. Stewart  9. Coverage of sports news inFilastin, 1911'1948Issam Khalidi  10. Peace building? The coverage of Arab football players in the Hebrew sports media during the October 2000 riotsChen Kertcher  11. Walls and goals: the Israeli'Palestinian encounter in football films and literatureAlon Raab  12. Lebanon: a country torn apart on the soccer pitchJames Montague  13. From Terso into Ultras: the 2011 Egyptian revolution and the radicalization of the soccer's Ultra-FansShawki El-Zatmah  14.SyriaJames Montague 15. Selections from 'Drumbeat', by Montague El-Bisatie, Introduced by Alon RaabMohamed El-Bisatie and Alon Raab 16. A selection from 'Moon over Samarqand', by Mohamed Mansi Qandil, Introduced by Alon RaabMohamed Mansi Qandil and Alon Raab 17. A selection from 'Life is more beautiful than paradise: a Jihadist's own story', by Khaled Al-Berry, Introduced by Alon RaabKhaled Al-Berry and Alon Raab 18. Diary entries written during the road to the 2006 Mundial ' from the diary of Morad Fareed, Palestinian national team memberMorad Fareed 19. AfterwordAlon Raab