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Building the Man, Building the Nation


To be Iraqi with Armenian roots, as is Samir Serope Daoud, author of this book, is not uncommon in Iraq’s complex demographic tapestry. Representing both national identities, Samir embodies many of the commonalities of ancestral Armenians and Iraqis today: memories of survival, the agony of displacement from one’s roots, the detachment from one’s culture and history while living in diaspora. At the pioneering Iraqi school, Baghdad College, the teenage Samir learned the tenets of humanity, the pursuit of excellence and a sense of compassion. This publication traces one man’s journey from a homeland that was once keen to nurture the nation builders of the future.

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C?N U FEEL IT


It is a truism to observe that a cascade of big issues now dominates our lives and our consciousness as global citizens. This publication reflects the zeitgeist of an era – from 9/11 to COVID-19 – and tells the story through the pithy language of a protestor’s placard, the kind seen bristling over the crowds at mass protests across the world. Bridging the divide between the street and the tweet, the artist Mukesh Shah paints a thousand pictures with his created slogans, proving the extent to which words are capable of conveying the dystopian reality of this age.

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Self-Portrait of My Consciousness


Using bold aphorisms as autobiography, this book tantalises readers with colourful fragments from the life and opinions of a highly successful businessman, drawing the audience in with observations on the breadth of human behaviour in response to intimacy and power. Ranging from family matters to moral quandaries and mordant political commentary, and illustrated throughout with carefully selected photographs, this volume of original thought in Russian and English – the third of its kind – features exceptional design and production values for a striking, relevant and truly high-quality reading experience.

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Quotations From Stories Yet To Be Written

Maxims of a Man of Schemes

Unraveling Persuasion


Persuasion does not fit neatly into a category. It is baked into language, culture and notions of perception that have evolved over millennia and adapted to varying global contexts. It spans the purest of intents to the darkest depths of coercion and conspiracy, with differing connotations and levels of acceptance defining where one classification ends and another begins. Complex, multifaceted and contextualized, persuasion has many dimensions which overlap across a spectrum of theories and activities. This publication brings together voices and conversations from the UK, US, Qatar, Egypt, Greece, Belgium and Germany to reflect upon persuasion from a range of cultural and disciplinary perspectives. Interviews with leading academics explore the theories which underpin persuasion, while historians and creative practitioners explore its active application in publicity, advertising, typography, photography and design.

 

 

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This is the fourth publication in the Voices and Conversations series of the Media Majlis at Northwestern University in Qatar. With contributions from leading analysts and academics, this series explores and cross-examines the effects, opportunities and threats in a diverse number of areas.

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The NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery: 2014-2020


When New York University Abu Dhabi opened on Saadiyat Island in 2014, it also launched The NYUAD Art Gallery, a museum-format space for scholarly, experimental, and envelope-pushing exhibitions. It has since been recognized for its growing contribution to the UAE’s cultural landscape, as museums spring up around it, including the Louvre Abu Dhabi in 2017, and more to come.

This dual-language English-Arabic publication tells the origin story of The NYUAD Art Gallery – the first of its kind in the Arabian Peninsula – giving voice to the founders and collaborators. Mariët Westermann writes about the role of exhibition-making and study of art in a university’s mission; H.E. Zaki Nusseibeh situates the arrival of The NYUAD Art Gallery in the history of the UAE’s cultural sector; while Maya Allison details the origins and development of the mission and vision for exhibition-making at NYU Abu Dhabi in the context of the UAE’s fast-changing cultural landscape.

With elegant cloth binding and slipcase, and extensive color images charting the timeline of exhibitions, this beautiful edition offers a retrospective of the Gallery’s exhibitions, book publications, and projects. Contributors include Sam Bardaouil, Guido Comis, Emily Doherty, Anthony Downey, Till Fellrath, Scott Fitzgerald, Bana Kattan, Salwa Mikdadi, H.E. Zaki Nusseibeh, Alistair Rider, Beatrix Ruf, Slavs and Tatars, and Mariët Westermann.

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UCL Legacy


Just over a decade ago, University College London (UCL) partnered with Qatar Foundation to establish UCL Qatar as a seminal organisational milestone aimed at advancing training and education in Qatar’s cultural heritage sector. This dual-language publication, which was issued in both print and e-book editions, celebrates UCL’s activities in Qatar between 2010 and 2020, and the impact these activities have had on Qatar and the wider region.

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Qatar Sudan


Since 2012, an international team of archaeologists has been investigating the history of iron production at the ancient site of Meroe, which lies on the banks of the River Nile, about 200 km north-east of the Sudanese capital, Khartoum. Through interviews and photographs, this dual-language publication showcases this living heritage, shedding light on the cultural objects, stories and technologies of the region.

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Quotations From Stories Yet To Be Written


 

 

This striking volume, the second of its kind, distils the experience of a highly successful business magnate into fifteen pithy chapters of observations on human behaviour, intended to provoke fresh, effective analysis and insights by the reader into the panoply of personalities and plot twists encountered in every life. Superlative design and production values complement a witty selection of fine-art illustrations accompanying parallel Russian and English text for a book of the very highest standards: accessible, thought-provoking and beautiful to view and handle.

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Maxims of a Man of Schemes

Breaking News: How the Smartphone Changed Journalism


This edition of Voices and Conversations features a collection of interviews and essays from journalists, broadcasters, academics, critics, and creatives from around the world. Discussions explore the empowering, enabling and facilitation aspects of the smartphone in journalism, and hint at possible futures. This publication accompanies an exhibition that was hosted at The Media Majlis at Northwestern University in Qatar that opened in 2020. The exhibition revealed how smartphones are reshaping the practice of journalism and recasting the role of the audience. By using digital audio and visual media, physical objects, and interactive surveys, audiences could explore the opportunities, limitations and blemishes of mobile technology in relation to expanding journalistic platforms, a diminishing gap between consumers and producers of news, human behavioral shifts and technological design innovations.

 

Contributors to this edition of ‘Voices and Conversations’ are Martin Cooper, Everette E. Dennis, Rachel Davis Mersey, Richard Ling, Yusuf Omar, Corinne Podger, Rawya Rageh, Mandy Jenkins, Julia Leeb, David Guttenfelder, Hendrik Lehmann, Coleen Baik, Nat Gyenes, Ahmed Shihab-Eldin, Khalifa Saleh Al Haroon, Yasuomi Sawa, Elina Hiltunen, and James E. Katz.

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This is the third publication in the Voices and Conversations series of the Media Majlis at Northwestern University in Qatar. With contributions from leading analysts and academics, this series explores and cross-examines the effects, opportunities and threats in a diverse number of areas.

 

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Jassim the Leader: Founder of Qatar


The Gulf state of Qatar climbed to a pinnacle of wealth and influence in a remarkably short time, and from a starting point of obscurity and insignificance. This astonishing transition is the direct result of the efforts nearly 200 years ago of one visionary man – Jassim bin Muhammad Bin Thani, born in 1825 and known as ‘the Leader’. This publication in Arabic traces the story of Jassim’s life from his youth in the fragmented region of the 1830s – a desert peninsula without security or borders, where coastal communities depended on pearling for survival – to his ascension as the first leader of a new country and the establishment of power in Doha.

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