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Men And Popular Music In Algeria

Author : Marc Schade-Poulsen
ISBN : 9780292787629
Genre : Music
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Raï music is often called the voice of the voiceless in Algeria, a society currently swept by tragic conflict. Raï is the voice of Algerian men, young men caught between generations and classes, in political strife, and in economic inequality. In a ground-breaking study, anthropologist Marc Schade-Poulsen uses this popular music genre as a lens through which he views Algerian society, particularly male society. He situates raï within Algerian family life, moral codes, and broader power relations. Schade-Poulsen did his research in the 1990s, in clubs, recording studios, at weddings, and with street musicians. He describes the history of raï, which emerged in the late 1970s and spread throughout North Africa at the same time the Islamist movement was growing to become the most potent socio-political movement in Algeria. Outsiders consider raï to be Western in origin, but Schade-Poulsen shows its Islamic roots as well. The musicians do use Western instruments, but the music itself mixes Algerian popular songs and rhythms with the beat of American disco, Egyptian modalities, Moroccan wedding tunes, and the songs of Julio Iglesias. The lyrics deal with male-female relationships but also with generational relationships and the problems of youth, as they struggle to find a place in a conflicted society. The study, in its innovative approach to music as a template of society, helps the reader understand the two major movements among today's Algerian youth: one toward the mosque and the other toward the West.
Category: Music

The Female Voice In Sufi Ritual

Author : Shemeem Burney Abbas
ISBN : 0292705158
Genre : Religion
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The female voice plays a more central role in Sufi ritual, especially in the singing of devotional poetry, than in almost any other area of Muslim culture. Female singers perform sufiana-kalam, or mystical poetry, at Sufi shrines and in concerts, folk festivals, and domestic life, while male singers assume the female voice when singing the myths of heroines in qawwali and sufiana-kalam. Yet, despite the centrality of the female voice in Sufi practice throughout South Asia and the Middle East, it has received little scholarly attention and is largely unknown in the West. This book presents the first in-depth study of the female voice in Sufi practice in the subcontinent of Pakistan and India. Shemeem Burney Abbas investigates the rituals at the Sufi shrines and looks at women's participation in them, as well as male performers' use of the female voice. The strengths of the book are her use of interviews with both prominent and grassroots female and male musicians and her transliteration of audio- and videotaped performances. Through them, she draws vital connections between oral culture and the written Sufi poetry that the musicians sing for their audiences. This research clarifies why the female voice is so important in Sufi practice and underscores the many contributions of women to Sufism and its rituals.
Category: Religion

Middle East Historiographies

Author : Israel Gershoni
ISBN : 0295800895
Genre : History
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This collection of ten essays focuses on the way major schools and individuals have narrated histories of the Middle East. The distinguished contributors explore the historiography of economic and intellectual history, nationalism, fundamentalism, colonialism, the media, slavery, and gender. In doing so, they engage with some of the most controversial issues of the twentieth century. Middle Eastern studies today cover a rich and varied terrain, yet the study of the profession itself has been relatively neglected. There is, however, an ever-present need to examine what the research has chosen to include and exclude and to become more consciously aware of shifts in research approaches and methods. This collection illuminates the evolving state of the art and suggests new directions for further research.
Category: History


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ISBN : STANFORD:36105022254762
Genre : Academic libraries
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Worlds Of Music Shorter Version

Author : Jeff Todd Titon
ISBN : 9781337517676
Genre : Education
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This shorter version of the bestselling WORLDS OF MUSIC provides much of the authoritative coverage of the comprehensive version in a format that's accessible to students without any background or training in music. Using a case-study approach, the text presents in-depth explorations of music from several cultures around the world. The authors, all working ethnomusicologists, base their discussions of music-cultures on their own fieldwork and give students a true sense of both the music and culture that created it. Editor Jeff Todd Titon’s opening chapter introduces students to ethnomusicology and relates each chapter's music to the fundamentals of music in a worldwide context, while the final chapter invites students to undertake a fieldwork research project that increases their understanding of music in daily life. Authentic recordings from the authors' fieldwork are keyed to the text and available online, giving students access to a wide range of music-cultures. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.
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Forthcoming Books

Author : Rose Arny
ISBN : UOM:39015046868983
Genre : American literature
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Middle East Report

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ISBN : STANFORD:36105110580839
Genre : Middle East
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Category: Middle East

Die Musik Der Araber

Author : Habib Touma
ISBN : 3795901820
Genre : Music
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Category: Music

Echo Der Vielfalt

Author : Ursula Hemetek
ISBN : 320598594X
Genre : Ethnomusicology
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Category: Ethnomusicology