Music, Culture and Identity in the Muslim World: Performance, Politics and Piety

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Kamal Salhi
Routledge, Dec 17, 2013 - Music - 320 pages
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In contrast to many books on Islam that focus on political rhetoric and activism, this book explores Islam's extraordinarily rich cultural and artistic diversity, showing how sound, music and bodily performance offer a window onto the subtleties and humanity of Islamic religious experience.  Through a wide range of case studies from West Asia, South Asia and North Africa and their diasporas - including studies of Sufi chanting in Egypt and Morocco, dance in Afghanistan, and "Muslim punk" on-line - the book demonstrates how Islam should not be conceived of as being monolithic or monocultural, how there is a large disagreement within Islam as to how music and performance should be approached, such disagreements being closely related to debates about orthodoxy, secularism, and moderate and fundamental Islam, and how important cultural activities have been, and continue to be, for the formation of Muslim identity.  
 

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Contents

the paradigm of performing Islam beyond the political rhetoric
1
1 New Islamist popular culture in Turkey
15
2 Social forces shaping the heterodoxy of Sufi performance in contemporary Egypt
35
Sufi chant as a vehicle for alternative perspectives
57
the caravan of veiled actresses in Egypt
80
5 Wah wah Meida meida The changing roles of dance in Afghan society
103
agency and loss in Muslim performance traditions of South and West Asia
122
piety and protest in the digital age
160
8 Devotion or pleasure? Music and meaning in the celluloid performances of qawwali in South Asia and the diaspora
178
9 Multicultural harmony? Pakistani Muslims and music in Bradford
200
subcultural worship of Allah in Western Europe
230
challenging clichés or serving up an immigrant stereotype for mass consumption online?
261
Index
281
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Kamal Salhi is Reader in Francophone, Postcolonial and North African Studies at the University of Leeds and Deputy Director of the Leeds Centre for African Studies, UK. He is the founder and editor of two academic journals, Performing Islam and the International Journal of Francophone Studies. He is the founding director of the Leeds Centre for Francophone Studies (1997-2003) which has developed into the Centre of French and Francophone Cultural Studies. Dr Salhi has recently completed with Distinction an AHRC/ESRC funded research project, 'Performance, Politics and Piety: Music as Debate in the Muslim World'.

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