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The Sheikh's Batmobile: In Pursuit of American Pop Culture in the Muslim… (2009)

by Richard Poplak

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Understanding a people's culture exposes their normalness without reducing their particularity. -Clifford Getz
If one cannot trust literature, one can at least trust pop culture. -Umberto Eco
Homer: The lesson is: Our God is vengeful! O spiteful one, show me who to smite and they shall be smoten!!! -The Simpsons
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In The Sheikh's Batmobile, pop-cultural commentator Richard Poplak sets out on an unusual two-year odyssey. His mission is to see what becomes of his, and North America's, obsessions - pop songs and sitcoms, Hollywood movies and shoot-em-up video games, muscle cars and punk music - when they make their way into the Muslim world. Over the course of his journey, Poplak is body slammed by WWE fans in Afghanistan, hangs out with hip-hop artists in Palestine, head bangs to heavy metal in Cairo, discovers a world of extreme makeovers in Beirut, bowls with the chief of police in small-town Kazakhstan, and encounters a mysterious Texan building rocket-propelled batmobiles for a clientele of sheikhs.… (more)

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