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organized under the heading “Columbia County, Complaint, Sheriff” in the Florida State Archives). The recurring complaint was that the sheriff and his police force were involved in bootlegging and in the “doling out of confiscated liquor for gifts.” One letter, written by someone who claimed to be one of the sheriff’s best friends, noted that “murder, bootlegging, white slavery and numerous other crimes are going unpunished.” “Mrs. Romey brought her trouble on even if she was in delicate condition,” the letter continued, “but Mr. Romey was murdered and why I ask you was

. We spoke of Mahmoud Darwish and the desire to find parallel works in Hebrew and arabic on similar topics with different, even opposing, perspectives. Thrilled to find a student with similar interests, I hired her. We continued working together in gathering films from the region to show for film nights in the department. I offered her my Israeli film library, and she was my gatherer of bootlegged copies whenever she had the chance to fly home, often returning with parallel films by arabs. Mais’s story represents the peculiar melting pot of the peoples

that several of the most renowned dissi- dent preachers in the country, including Shaykh Mahmud Mahallawi and Shaykh cAdil 'Aid, whom President Sadat singled out for rebuke and per- sonal insult in his since famous harangue before the Parliament just a month before he was killed, were preachers in government, not private mosques.84 Furthermore, the blind shaykh who is undoubtedly the most celebrated preacher in the contemporary Arab world, a pyrotechnic orator whose sermons on bootleg cassette tapes may be heard from Marrakesh to Muscat, Shaykh cAbd al

blankets. We need a life. Let us have a life.” I visited Hassan’s affluent but sparsely furnished flat once more after the war. The same bullet holes from the pre-takeover clashes were sprinkled around the same neighboring buildings. But some had metamorphosed into rubble dumps, as though a giant Pythonesque foot had squashed them from the sky. A family member was watching a bootleg DVD of the film Wolverine next door. Hassan himself had recovered his composure, but his anger was still raw. “I was afraid during this fighting,” he said gruffly, “everyone was, but