Music in Arabia

Music in Arabia

Perspectives on Heritage, Mobility, and Nation

Edited by Issa Boulos, Virginia Danielson and Anne K. Rasmussen

Contributions by Scheherazade Hassan, Ghazi al-Mulaifi, Jean Lambert, Ahmad AlSalhi, Aisha Bilkhair, Yassine Ayari, Majid H. al-Harthy, Kay Hardy Campbell, Khalid Albudoor, Anne van Oostrum, Musallam al-Kathiri, George Mürer, David A. McDonald and Ruth M. Stone

Published by: Indiana University Press

320 pages, 155.00 x 235.00 mm, 50 b&w illus., 4 b&w tables, 8 printed music items

  • ISBN: 9780253057532
  • Published: September 2021


Music in Arabia extends and challenges existing narratives of the region's distinctive but understudied music to reveal diverse and dynamic music cultures rooted in centuries-old heritage.

Contributors to Music in Arabia bring a critical eye and ear to the contemporary soundscape, musical life, and expressive culture in the Gulf region. Including work by leading scholars and local authorities, this collection presents fresh perspectives and new research addressing why musical expression is fundamental to the area's diverse, transnational communities. The volume also examines music circulation as a commodity, such as with the production of early recordings, the transnational music industry, the context of the Arab Spring, and the region's popular music markets. As a bonus, readers can access a linked website containing audiovisual examples of the music, dance, and expressive culture introduced throughout the book.

With the work of resident scholars and heritage practitioners in conversation with that of researchers from the United States and Europe, Music in Arabia offers both context and content to clarify how music articulates identity and nation among multiethnic, multiracial, and multinational populations.