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Cover Art Concept

Cover Art Concept THIRD S PACE he cover photograph of two generations is part of Fahmi Basrawi’sexten- T sive personal archive. This classic sepia-toned family portrait of people pressed together in a living room evokes the domestic intimacy of an upper-middle-class abode in Medina on January 24, 1937, five years after the founding of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It portrays a family world that preexisted such national entities and a lifeworld bound to others before the cultural reconfigurations and erasures of petroleum imperialism, reminding us to consider the present through a genealogi- cal lens. Dressed in the modern urban attire of the period, hair coiffed and eyes gazing candidly at the camera, the family members wear expressions from excite- ment to confusion. The teenaged Fahmi Basrawi sits in the foreground, smiling cinematically as he embraces his unsmiling younger brother in anticipation of the shot to be taken. In the background, his father, who holds Fahmi’s shoulder firmly, is flanked by his beaming wife and daughter. Lit by a source to the left into an unseen camera, the photograph illuminates a scene that is domestic, transnational, and enigmatic. Through photographs, Susan Sontag (2001, 8) argues, each family constructs a portrait chronicle of itself and “its connectedness.” The cover photo- graph, a material trace, reflects a piece of this family’s world that allows us, in turn, to trace pieces of us.—Rola Khayyat, Munira Khayyat, and Yasmine Khayyat Reference Sontag, Susan. 2001. On Photography. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux. � � � JMEWS Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies 14:3 November 2018 DOI 10.1215/15525864-7025539 © 2018 by the Association for Middle East Women’s Studies Downloaded from https://read.dukeupress.edu/jmews/article-pdf/14/3/362/546508/362khayyat.pdf by DEEPDYVE INC user on 21 August 2019 http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Middle East Women's Studies Duke University Press

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THIRD S PACE he cover photograph of two generations is part of Fahmi Basrawi’sexten- T sive personal archive. This classic sepia-toned family portrait of people pressed together in a living room evokes the domestic intimacy of an upper-middle-class abode in Medina on January 24, 1937, five years after the founding of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It portrays a family world that preexisted such national entities and a lifeworld bound to others before the cultural reconfigurations and erasures of petroleum imperialism, reminding us to consider the present through a genealogi- cal lens. Dressed in the modern urban attire of the period, hair coiffed and eyes gazing candidly at the camera, the family members wear expressions from excite- ment to confusion. The teenaged Fahmi Basrawi sits in the foreground, smiling cinematically as he embraces his unsmiling younger brother in anticipation of the shot to be taken. In the background, his father, who holds Fahmi’s shoulder firmly, is flanked by his beaming wife and daughter. Lit by a source to the left into an unseen camera, the photograph illuminates a scene that is domestic, transnational, and enigmatic. Through photographs, Susan Sontag (2001, 8) argues, each family constructs a portrait chronicle of itself and “its connectedness.” The cover photo- graph, a material trace, reflects a piece of this family’s world that allows us, in turn, to trace pieces of us.—Rola Khayyat, Munira Khayyat, and Yasmine Khayyat Reference Sontag, Susan. 2001. On Photography. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux. � � � JMEWS Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies 14:3 November 2018 DOI 10.1215/15525864-7025539 © 2018 by the Association for Middle East Women’s Studies Downloaded from https://read.dukeupress.edu/jmews/article-pdf/14/3/362/546508/362khayyat.pdf by DEEPDYVE INC user on 21 August 2019

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Journal of Middle East Women's StudiesDuke University Press

Published: Nov 1, 2018

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