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Music and Media in the Arab World

Edited by Michael Frishkopf

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9789774162930
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781617970139 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.5743/cairo/9789774162930.001.0001
Music and Media in the Arab World

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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 volume features sixteen chapters examining these issues, especially televised music and the controversial new genre of the music video. Chapters display the textures of public Arabic discourse to an English readership. They 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.

Keywords: mass media; music; Arab music; Arab society; Arab culture; Arab world; televised music; music video

Book.  304 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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Introduction in Music and Media in the Arab World

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Arab Music and Changes in the Arab Media in Music and Media in the Arab World

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Music and Television in Lebanon in Music and Media in the Arab World

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Ruby and the Checkered Heart in Music and Media in the Arab World

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