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Author Bahrani, Zainab, 1962-

Title Rituals of war : the body and violence in Mesopotamia / Zainab Bahrani.

Published New York : Zone Books ; Cambridge : Distributed by The MIT Press, 2008.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  935 BAHR    AVAILABLE
Physical description 276 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 243-263) and index.
Contents Introduction. An Archaeology of Violence -- I. The King's Head -- II. Babylonian Semiotics -- III. The Mantic Body -- IV. Death and the Ruler -- V. Image of My Valor -- VI. The Art of War -- VII. Omens of Terror -- VIII. The Essence of War.
Summary "Rituals of War is an investigation into the earliest historical records of violence and biopolitics. In Mesopotamia, ancient Iraqi (ca. 3000-500 BC) rituals of war and images of violence constituted part of the magical technologies of warfare that formed the underlying irrational processes of war. In Rituals of War, Zainab Bahrani weaves together three lines of inquiry into one historical domain of violence: war, the body, and representation." "Building on Foucault's argument in Discipline and Punish that the art of punishing must rest on a whole technology of representation, Bahrani investigates the ancient Mesopotamian record to reveal how that culture relied on the portrayal of violence and control as part of the mechanics of warfare. Moreover, she takes up the more recent arguments of Giorgio Agamben on sovereign power and biopolitics to focus on the relationship of power, the body, and violence in Assyro-Babylonian texts and monuments of war."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject War -- History -- To 634.
Military history, Ancient.
History, Ancient.
ISBN 9781890951849