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By Richard Poplak

What occurs to our popular culture while it meets one other tradition head-on—especially person who, in keeping with a few, is totally at odds with our own?

In The Sheikh’s Batmobile, popular culture commentator Richard Poplak units out on an strange two-year odyssey. His project is to work out what turns into of his and America’s obsessions—pop songs and sitcoms, Hollywood videos and shoot-'em-up games, muscle autos and punk music—when they make their approach into the Muslim world.

Over the process his trip, Poplak will get body-slammed through WWE enthusiasts in Afghanistan, hangs out with hip-hop artists in Palestine, headbangs to heavy steel in Cairo, discovers a global of maximum makeovers in Beirut, bowls with the executive of police in small-town Kazakhstan, and encounters a mysterious Texan who builds rocket-propelled Batmobiles for a purchasers of sheikhs.

With uproarious humor and willing cultural perception, Poplak asks a few important questions: How is American popular culture ate up and reinterpreted within the Islamic international? What does that say approximately how we're considered by way of younger Muslims? and will Homer Simpson bridge the divisions which are tearing our international apart?

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