The Sheikh's Batmobile: In Pursuit of American Pop Culture in the Muslim World

3.68 avg rating
( 56 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9781593762926: The Sheikh's Batmobile: In Pursuit of American Pop Culture in the Muslim World
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

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 culture commentator Richard Poplak sets out on an unusual two-year odyssey. His mission is to see what becomes of his and 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 gets body-slammed by WWE fans in Afghanistan, hangs out with hip-hop artists in Palestine, headbangs 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 who builds rocket-propelled Batmobiles for a clientele of sheikhs.

With uproarious humor 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 divisions that are tearing our world apart?

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

Richard Poplak was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1973 and immigrated to Canada with his family in 1989. A co-founder of the successful Canadian music label 2wars & A Revolution Records, Richard is also a trained filmmaker and has directed numerous music videos, earning five nominations at the 2005 MuchMusic Video Awards. Richard has written for various publications in Canada and South Africa, including Toronto Life, Canadian Living, and CBC Online. He is the author of the acclaimed Ja, No, Man: Growing Up White in Apartheid-era South Africa and most recently The Sheikh's Batmobile: In Pursuit of American Pop Culture In The Muslim World.

Review:

Praise for The Sheikh's Batmobile

"With insight, humor, and compassion, The Sheikh's Batmobile puts a nail in the coffin of 'Clash of Civilizations' theory. The author and subjects are equally human. If you see Ayaan Hirsi Ali, throw this book at her." Michael Muhammad Knight, author of The Taqwacores and Journey to the End of Islam

Poplak’s expertly-researched and beautifully-written book is one of the most important documents of the post-9/11 world.” The National Postt

I would read Poplak if he wrote about watching paint dry. He is a gifted addition to the exploding and increasingly sloppy literary non-fiction genre. Dark, funny, self-deprecating and poetic, Poplak is a punk Graham Greene both exploiting and being exploited by the cultures he inhabits.” The Globe and Mail

A heroic feat of research, analysis, and on-the-ground reportage . . . At the very least, The Sheikh’s Batmobile should shatter the Western stereotype of the Muslim world as repressive and stagnant.” Quill and Quire

Poplak avoids making easy connections . . . his de-embedded journalism is always open-minded and captures the uncanny perfectly.” Eye Weekly

Humorous, astute and vivid . . . The Sheikh’s Batmobile will leave you itching to travel, giggling and glued to YouTube, looking up references. The book is less about how Muslims view Americans as it is about discovering a shared lexicon between two cultures. Poplak’s view of popculture is nuanced, as it emerges as a mutating entity crossing national and ideological boundaries.” The Coast

This is a great book and despite its lighthearted title and subject matter it’s a serious book. It’s an important book too, because it promotes understanding and leaves the reader with hope that at a human level, and at a creative level, the kids are all right.” Winnipeg Free Press

If . . . you’re willing to join the author on his irreverent excursions to dictators’ palaces, blaring Egyptian heavy metal sessions, concerts preempted by Kalashnikov fire, and secret Batmobile laboratories (yes, the book does live up to its name), then you will doubtlessly ease right into Poplak’s narrative . . . The book is not a magnifying glass searching for Western brushstrokes on an Islamic canvas, but rather a kaleidoscope that bounces the reader's assumptions and expectations off the colorful mirrors of zestful narrative and impressive legwork.” Wiretap Magazine

A fast-paced and culturally savvy look at a section of the Muslim population underrepresented, if not entirely ignored, by Western media.” Open Book: Toronto

In the riotous, fearless, and very funny tradition of Hunter S. Thompson and Jon Ronson, Richard Poplak takes us through the looking glass and into an upside down, funhouse mirror pop culture universe where Homer Simpson drinks juice out of a beer can, batmobiles are custom-designed in a desert lair and Islamic children spontaneously recreate the video for Lionel Richie’s Hello.’ In the process, Poplak gives us a mantra that unites the West and the East, the secular and the sacred: Fuck you, Shrek, you big green motherfucker.’” Nathan Rabin, Head Writer, The A.V Club, author, The Big Rewind and My Year of Flops

Whether dissecting Indonesian punk bands or the eternal wisdom of Magnum, P.I., Poplak is everything you want in a cultural interpreter funny, frank and utterly incapable of spewing mass market pabulum. Poplak gets beyond the cheap, superficial observations lesser writers bring to his subject, revealing himself as a genuine thinker who delivers original insight and laughs in every chapter.” Chuck Thompson, author of Smile When You’re Lying: Confessions of a Rogue Travel Writer

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9780143056553: Sheikhs Batmobile: In Pursuit Of American Pop Culture In The Muslim World

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  0143056557 ISBN 13:  9780143056553
Publisher: Penguin Canada, 2009
Softcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Richard Poplak
ISBN 10: 1593762925 ISBN 13: 9781593762926
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
INDOO
(Avenel, NJ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Condition: New. Brand New. Seller Inventory # 1593762925

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 8.35
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.60
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

2.

Poplak, Richard
Published by Soft Skull Press
ISBN 10: 1593762925 ISBN 13: 9781593762926
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
Mediaoutlet12345
(Springfield, VA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Soft Skull Press. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 1593762925 *BRAND NEW* Ships Same Day or Next!. Seller Inventory # NATARAJB1FI1397429

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 10.43
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

3.

Richard Poplak
Published by Soft Skull Press
ISBN 10: 1593762925 ISBN 13: 9781593762926
New Paperback Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
BuySomeBooks
(Las Vegas, NV, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Soft Skull Press. Paperback. Condition: New. 384 pages. Dimensions: 9.0in. x 6.0in. x 1.1in.What happens to our pop culture when it meets another culture head-onespecially one that, according to some, is completely at odds with our ownIn The Sheikhs Batmobile, pop culture commentator Richard Poplak sets out on an unusual two-year odyssey. His mission is to see what becomes of his and Americas obsessionspop songs and sitcoms, Hollywood movies and shoot-em-up video games, muscle cars and punk musicwhen they make their way into the Muslim world. Over the course of his journey, Poplak gets body-slammed by WWE fans in Afghanistan, hangs out with hip-hop artists in Palestine, headbangs 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 who builds rocket-propelled Batmobiles for a clientele of sheikhs. With uproarious humor 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 divisions that are tearing our world apart This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Paperback. Seller Inventory # 9781593762926

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 17.27
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

4.

Poplak, Richard
Published by Soft Skull Press (2010)
ISBN 10: 1593762925 ISBN 13: 9781593762926
New Paperback Quantity Available: 3
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Soft Skull Press, 2010. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # INGM9781593762926

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 13.81
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

5.

Richard Poplak
Published by SOFT SKULL PR (2010)
ISBN 10: 1593762925 ISBN 13: 9781593762926
New Softcover Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Rating
[?]

Book Description SOFT SKULL PR, 2010. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # TV9781593762926

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 15.66
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.45
From Germany to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

6.

Richard Poplak
Published by Soft Skull Press (2010)
ISBN 10: 1593762925 ISBN 13: 9781593762926
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Soft Skull Press, 2010. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX1593762925

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 17.02
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

7.

Richard Poplak
Published by COUNTERPOINT, United States (2010)
ISBN 10: 1593762925 ISBN 13: 9781593762926
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
Book Depository hard to find
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description COUNTERPOINT, United States, 2010. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English . This book usually ship within 10-15 business days and we will endeavor to dispatch orders quicker than this where possible. Brand New Book. 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 culture commentator Richard Poplak sets out on an unusual two-year odyssey. His mission is to see what becomes of his and 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 gets body-slammed by WWE fans in Afghanistan, hangs out with hip-hop artists in Palestine, headbangs 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 who builds rocket-propelled Batmobiles for a clientele of sheikhs. With uproarious humor 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 divisions that are tearing our world apart?. Seller Inventory # BTE9781593762926

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 22.06
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

8.

Poplak, Richard
Published by Soft Skull Press
ISBN 10: 1593762925 ISBN 13: 9781593762926
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
Russell Books
(Victoria, BC, Canada)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Soft Skull Press. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 1593762925 Special order direct from the distributor. Seller Inventory # ING9781593762926

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 15.95
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 7.00
From Canada to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

9.

Richard Poplak
Published by Soft Skull Press (2010)
ISBN 10: 1593762925 ISBN 13: 9781593762926
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Portland, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Soft Skull Press, 2010. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1593762925

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 23.98
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.27
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

10.

Poplak, Richard
Published by Soft Skull Pr (2010)
ISBN 10: 1593762925 ISBN 13: 9781593762926
New Paperback Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Revaluation Books
(Exeter, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Soft Skull Pr, 2010. Paperback. Condition: Brand New. 1st edition edition. 384 pages. 9.25x6.25x1.25 inches. In Stock. Seller Inventory # xr1593762925

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 22.12
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 9.79
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book