The Sheikh's Batmobile

The Sheikh's Batmobile

In Pursuit of American Pop Culture in the Muslim World

Book - 2009
Rate this:

What happens to our pop culture when it meets another culture head-on - especially one that according to some is completely at odds with our own?

In The Sheikh's Batmobile , pop-cultural commentator Richard Poplak sets out on an unusual two-year odyssey. His mission is to see what becomes of his, and North America's, obsessions - pop songs and sitcoms, Hollywood movies and shoot-em-up video games, muscle cars and punk music - when they make their way into the Muslim world.

Over the course of his journey, Poplak is body slammed by WWE fans in Afghanistan, hangs out with hip-hop artists in Palestine, head bangs to heavy metal in Cairo, discovers a world of extreme makeovers in Beirut, bowls with the chief of police in small-town Kazakhstan, and encounters a mysterious Texan building rocket-propelled batmobiles for a clientele of sheikhs.

With uproarious humour and keen cultural insight, Poplak asks some vital questions- How is American pop culture consumed and reinterpreted in the Islamic world? What does that say about how we are viewed by young Muslims? And can Homer Simpson bridge the differences that are tearing our world apart?

Praise for
Ja, No, Man; Growing Up White in Apartheid-Era South Africa

'Brilliant.' John Allemang, The Globe and Mail

'One of the finest, funniest and most tragic memoirs I have read in years.' Heather Mallick, CBC, Analysis & Viewpoint

'Devastating detail comes via vivid and passionate prose . . . Brilliant.' NOW


Publisher: Toronto : Penguin Canada, 2009
ISBN: 9780143056553
Branch Call Number: 306.088 Pop 3564
Characteristics: 389 p. :,ill., maps ;,23 cm

Opinion

From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment

There are no comments for this title yet.

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.

Summary

Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Notices

Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Quotes

Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Recommendations

Subject Headings

  Loading...

Find it at SPL

  Loading...
[]
[]
To Top