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Palestinian Music and Song

Expression and Resistance since 1900

edited by Moslih Kanaaneh, Stig-Magnus Thorsén, Heather Bursheh & David A. McDonald

contributions by Issa Boulos, Nader Jalal Albis, Randa Safieh, Janne L. Andersen, Sylvia Angelique Alajaji, Michael Schulz, Carin Berg, Yara El-Ghadban, Kiven Strohm & Rachel B. Willson

Indiana University Press
Initial publish date
Nov 2013
General, Cultural, Ethnomusicology
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Drawing from a long history of indigenous traditions and incorporating diverse influences of surrounding cultures, music in Palestine and among the millions of Palestinians in diaspora offers a unique window on cultural and political events of the past century. From the perspective of scholars, performers, composers, and activists, Palestinian Music and Song examines the many ways in which music has been a force of representation, nation building, and social action. From the turn of the 20th century, when Palestine became an exotic object of fascination for missionaries and scholars, to 21st-century transnational collaborations in hip hop and new media, this volume traces the conflicting dynamics of history and tradition, innovation and change, power and resistance.

About the authors

Moslih Kanaaneh's profile page

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David A. McDonald's profile page

Issa Boulos' profile page

Nader Jalal Albis' profile page

Randa Safieh's profile page

Janne L. Andersen's profile page

Sylvia Angelique Alajaji's profile page

Michael Schulz's profile page

Carin Berg's profile page

Palestinian Quebecker YARA EL-GHADBAN is an anthropologist by training but has been writing since she was thirteen. She is the author of three novels, of which I Am Ariel Sharon is the first to be translated into English. In 2017 she won the Canada Council for the Arts’ Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award, and in 2019 she was awarded the Blue Metropolis Literary Diversity Prize. She lives and writes in Montreal.


Yara El-Ghadban's profile page

Kiven Strohm's profile page

Rachel B. Willson's profile page

Editorial Reviews

This monumental contribution to Palestinian studies bridges the work of practitioners and scholars to make available rare oral histories, offer insights onto contemporary musical life, and redress issues of indigeneity and cultural resistance. Impressive in its scope and depth, the anthology's organizational structure enlivens debates between scholars while providing an historical apparatus for better understanding conditions of postcoloniality. It is an indispensable resource for those interested in Middle Eastern folklore, music, history, and politics.

Journal of Folklore Research

Overall, this book is a highly worthwhile read. With its variety of formats, it is appropriate for public libraries as well as academic ones.

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