Performing al-Andalus: Music and Nostalgia across the Mediterranean - Public Cultures of the Middle East and North Africa (Hardback)
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Performing al-Andalus: Music and Nostalgia across the Mediterranean - Public Cultures of the Middle East and North Africa (Hardback)

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Hardback 252 Pages / Published: 28/07/2015
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Performing al-Andalus explores three musical cultures that claim a connection to the music of medieval Iberia, the Islamic kingdom of al-Andalus, known for its complex mix of Arab, North African, Christian, and Jewish influences. Jonathan Holt Shannon shows that the idea of a shared Andalusian heritage animates performers and aficionados in modern-day Syria, Morocco, and Spain, but with varying and sometimes contradictory meanings in different social and political contexts. As he traces the movements of musicians, songs, histories, and memories circulating around the Mediterranean, he argues that attention to such flows offers new insights into the complexities of culture and the nuances of selfhood.

Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 9780253017567
Number of pages: 252
Weight: 562 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"Jonathan Holt Shannon's Performing al-Andalus is evocative, accessible, compact, and innovative in its methodological and expository approach. These qualities make it an attractive text for undergraduate students, as well as for graduate seminars focused on Mediterranean studies, the ethnomusicology of the Middle East and North Africa, and the politics of culture and memory."

* Review of Middle East Studies *

"[This] study is well-written, engaging, and supported by a substantial bibliography.... Recommended."

* Choice *

"Shannon has proven once again his deep knowledge of the cultural and intellectual landscape of the region.... Through its comparative and cross-cultural perspective, Performing al-Andalus is accessible to a wide audience, addressing particularly those interested in how music interacts with memory cultures, ideologies of belonging and their circulation within a transnational context."

* Ethnomusicology Forum *

"A sizeable body of literature has emerged in recent years that explores the musical legacies of al-Andalus from both a historical and a contemporary perspective. Jonathan Shannon's book is a crucial addition to this scholarship."

* Music and Letters *

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