Alexandra Wallace Youtube

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A Road to Mecca: The Journey of Muhammad Asad

A Road to Mecca is a personal journey.  Directed by Georg Misch.  Misch takes us on a trip beginning in the early 1920s when we are introduced to a young Jew by the name of Leopold Weis. Leopold is the name that carries with it the qualities of a lion; powerful, calculating, and wise.

Read my review at EMRO: your connection to quality open source reviews.  Educational Media Reviews Online database supported by the University of Buffalo Libraries.  http://libweb.lib.buffalo.edu/emro/emroDetail.asp?Number=3819

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A Dream For Kabul: Magic Heals the Heart

Distributed by the National Film Board of Canada, director Philippe Baylaucq brings a stark and realistic look at one man’s attempts to reconcile the loss of his only son in the 9-11 terrorist bombing of the twin towers in New York, and his humanitarian efforts to provide inroads to social and cultural understandings.  His hope; to help children of war cope with their losses.

Read my review at EMRO: your connection to quality open source reviews.  Educational Media Reviews Online database supported by the University of Buffalo Libraries.  http://libweb.lib.buffalo.edu/emro/emroDetail.asp?Number=3818

Film Website and Clip: http://films.nfb.ca/a-dream-for-kabul/

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33 Days

33 Days a film by Mai Masri.

Read my review at EMRO: your connection to quality open source reviews.  Educational Media Reviews Online database supported by the University of Buffalo Libraries.
http://libweb.lib.buffalo.edu/emro/emroDetail.asp?Number=4164

Producer and director Mai Masri presents us with a brilliantly directed and vividly entrancing eyewitness account of the July 12, 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah in which the citizens of Lebanon were the victims.

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Cultures In an Age of Globalization

This is an accompanying Presi used in a presentation on Culture at Henderson State University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas.  The topic examines the basic definition of culture.  Building on its definition we consider how globalization has impacted the relationships between diverse cultures.  Options for all modern society include seeking multiculturalism in which all cultures are viewed pluralistically as having unique benefits to overall society; or seeking  protectionism and isolation from diverse relationships which are seen as a threat to ways unique of one of the cultures in contact.   Factors that have moved our many global cultures into proximity with one another, and that have impacted our understanding of other people and traditions, include technology, politics, social needs, and the economy. 

http://prezi.com/_4rqgn7szzwp/culture-in-global-context/

References are Cited at the end of the Presentation.

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Religious Practices Making Moral Habitus

This presentation uses Prezi.  The focus is upon the study by Daniel Winchester and his later journal article entitled: Embodying the Faith: Religious Practice and the Making of a Muslim Moral Habitus (2008).  In this study Winchester seeks to develop empiric, high level theory founded on theories of sociology of religion, and more specifically, theory seeking to explain how people experience religious conversion.  Winchester’s goals are two-fold.  First, to make connections with earlier theory about the concept of a “moral self” and extend these theories to explain how embodied practices are central to dialectic dual process in making a moral self (Asad, Mahmoud, Bourdieu).   Second, he wishes to understand how particular actors in specific social contexts may construct moral lives and selves.

http://prezi.com/csbnmb6kqg73/copy-of-practices-and-dispositions/

References

Alexander, Kari. 2008.  An Introduction to Pierre Bourdieu.  Retrieved July 29, 2010 (youtube.com/watch?v=flz6shD3g2s).
Winchester, Daniel. 2008.  “Embodying the Faith: Religious Practice and the Making of a Muslim Moral Habitus.”  Social Forces 86(4).
Winchester, Daniel.  Department of Sociology, Graduate Page, University of Minnesota.    http://www.soc.umn.edu/people/gradprofile.php?UID=winch023
Smith Philip and Reley Alexander. 2009.  Cultural Theory An Introduction.  Malden MA: Blackwell Publishing.

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Waiting For Mercy: The Case against Mohammed Hossain and Yassin Aref

Waiting For Mercy, directed by Ellie Bernstein

Waiting For Mercy

http://libweb.lib.buffalo.edu/emro/emroDetail.asp?Number=4119

This film deserves full consideration. Questions that arise include how much power government should have to determine which groups may be singled out for close scrutiny, and if arrest is made under what circumstances may due process be suspended or curtailed.

Read my full review at Educational Media Reviews Online (EMRO).  The film database supported by the University of Buffalo Libraries.

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Cairo Station 50th Anniversary Release

Cairo Station is a classic by Youssef Chahine. 

Scene from Cairo Station

Scene from Cairo Station

This land mark film is a look at identity and nationalism.  We may implant our self within the contexts of Nationalism as a movement in the northern part of Africa as indigenous people of the various former European colonies struggle for cultural identities and autonomy in developing and realizing their political and social goals, human needs, and national understandings.  It may be helpful to view this film seeking to locate the undertones which may assist people today understand how some of the feelings of mistrust of America and Europe have developed in the Middle East and North Africa.

Read my review at EMRO: your connection to quality open source reviews.  Educational Media Reviews Online database supported by the University of Buffalo Libraries.

http://emro.lib.buffalo.edu/emro/emroDetail.asp?Number=4161

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Abraham’s Children by Nina Froriep

Abraham’s Children: A stark, direct, humorous and serious look at growing up Muslim in America. 

Social concerns, the event of 9-11, war, and fear of the unknown have led many non-Muslims in America to focus on distinctions between Muslims and non-Muslims. The film openly points out that stereotypes hurt people.  My review housed at the Educational Media Reviews Online database supported by the University of Buffalo Libraries.  EMRO; your connection to quality open access reviews.

http://emro.lib.buffalo.edu/emro/emroDetail.asp?Number=4347

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Eat, Pray, Tweet

 

We could see this in Christian Churches also!

Have you considered how media is changing even modes of worship and other religious practices that help shape our identity? 

WHAT does the most populous Muslim nation do in its spare time? Increasingly, it swaps gossip online. Indonesia is now the world’s second-largest market for Facebook and the third-largest for Twitter, according to several web research firms. (from The Economist).

What does it mean to us as we find new practices acceptable within the realm of worship?  One church assembly I have recently visited has a section of the seating divoted to the digital crowd.  Will these new modes of worship change our understanding of what has been hereto accepted as proper worhship norms?  What will the impact of digital worship be as we digtially socialize while we are to be devoting our self before God?  These are questions that may disturb you.  You may rather embrace these new ventures in life.  Regardless, these changes are as inspiring and as devastating (dependent upon your view) as was the advent of televised worship.   

http://www.economist.com/node/17853348?fsrc=scn%2Ffb%2Fwl%2Far%2Fsocialnetworkingindonesia.

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