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Alef Is for Allah – Childhood, Emotion, and Visual Culture in Islamic Societies - California Scholarship Online
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Alef Is for Allah: Childhood, Emotion, and Visual Culture in Islamic Societies

Jamal J. Elias


This book explores the emotional space occupied by children in modern Islamic societies. Focusing on visual representations of children, primarily from modern Turkey, Iran, and Pakistan, it examines important concepts ranging from cuteness, innocence, devotion, violence, and sacrifice to emotion, aspiration, virtue, performance, nationhood, community, and gender. It grounds the study of the visual representation of children in a concise treatment of the history of childhood, education, and religion, as well as the national histories of the societies in question. In addition to exploring a topi ... More

Keywords: childhood, emotion, education, aesthetic social imagination, gender, visual culture, Islamic society, Turkey, Iran, Pakistan

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780520290075
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520290075.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jamal J. Elias, author
University of Pennsylvania