In whose name: the Islamic world after 9/11

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Thames & Hudson, Sep 1, 2009 - Photography - 270 pages
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On September 11, 2001, the photographer Abbas watched the World Trade Center towers fall in New York--live on Siberian TV. It spurred him to begin a journey through the Islamic world that would last seven years. The photographs published here are the final result of that project.

Born in Iran, Abbas casts a sharp eye over a world seen by few from the West. Seeking out people and places that have been overlooked by others, he reveals far more--and in greater depth--than photojournalists who focus on flashpoints or who race to break the latest news. Abbas is acclaimed for his special ability to freeze a moment in a particular social or political conflict, to frame actions or gestures that instantly become emblematic: what he calls “the suspended moment.”

Recording a route through sixteen countries--including Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Palestine, Turkey, Indonesia, Thailand, Kenya, and Zanzibar--Abbas's pictures and the excerpts from his candid diary reflect the undercurrents of global disturbance, uncertainty, and threat. Yet there are gleams of optimism, too--a wedding, an impromptu ball game--that remind us of Abbas's gift as a humane interpreter of our existence.

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About the author (2009)

Abbas is an acclaimed photographer, best-selling author, and a member of the Magnum Agency in Paris.

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