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Nathaniel Greenberg

Exit ISIS, Stage Left: Fighting for Laughs in Mosul and Beyond

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The State of Myth has lowered its curtains. The state-sponsored Iraqi television series, which introduced itself to the world with a musical trailer featuring the marriage of the devil to an Israeli bride whose offspring hatched in the form of a miniature Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, took audiences by storm when it launched its first episode in the fall of 2014. Its theme song went viral. Actors received death threats. In the communicative battle to counter the message of the ...

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Nathaniel Greenberg


Nathaniel Greenberg is Assistant Professor of Arabic at George Mason University and Author of The Aesthetic of Revolution in the Film and Literature of Naguib Mahfouz