Tents and Pyramids: Games and Ideology in Arab Culture from Backgammon to Autocratic Rule

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This study deals with an unusual and absorbing topic: how the Arabs see and deal with reality and the implications this has for the nature of power in the Arab world. Tents and pyramids are, metaphorically, opposed mental images; the first signifies the absence of hierarchy and graded authority, the second the presence of both, Khuri argues that the Arabs perceive both social and physical reality as a series of discrete, non-pyramidal structures that are inherently equal in value - much like a Bedouin encampment composed of ...

Tents and Pyramids: Games and Ideology in Arab Culture from Backgammon to Autocratic Rule 2000, Saqi Books, London, England

ISBN-13: 9780863563348

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