Music and Media in the Arab World (Hardcover)

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By Michael Frishkopf (Editor)
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Since the turn of the twentieth century the dramatic rise of mass media has profoundly transformed music practices in the Arab world. Music has adapted to successive forms of media dissemination--from phonograph cylinders to MP3s--each subjected to the political and economic forces of its particular era and region. Carried by mass media, the broader culture of Arab music has been thoroughly transformed as well. Simultaneously, mass mediated music has become a powerful social force. While parallel processes have unfolded worldwide, their implications in the Arabic-speaking world have thus far received little scholarly attention. This provocative volume features sixteen new essays examining these issues, especially televised music and the controversial new genre of the music video. Perceptive voices--both emerging and established--represent a wide variety of academic disciplines. Incisive essays by Egyptian critics display the textures of public Arabic discourse to an English readership. Authors address the key issues of contemporary Arab society--gender and sexuality, Islam, class, economy, power, and nation--as refracted through the culture of mediated music. Interconnected by a web of recurrent concepts, this collection transcends music to become an important resource for the study of contemporary Arab society and culture. Contributors: Wael Abdel Fattah, Yasser Abdel-Latif, Moataz Abdel Aziz, Tamim Al-Barghouti, Mounir Al Wassimi, Walter Armbrust, Elisabeth Cestor, Hani Darwish, Walid El Khachab, Abdel-Wahab Elmessiri, James Grippo, Patricia Kubala, Katherine Meizel, Zein Nassar, Ibrahim Saleh, Laith Ulaby.

About the Author

Michael Frishkopf is professor of music and associate director of the Canadian Centre for Ethnomusicology at the University of Alberta, Canada. His research centers on the Arab music industry, Sufi music, and sound in Islamic ritual.
Product Details
ISBN: 9789774162930
ISBN-10: 9774162935
Publisher: American University in Cairo Press
Publication Date: November 15th, 2010
Pages: 304
Language: English