Popular Culture in the Arab World: Arts, Politics, and the Media

Popular Culture in the Arab World Arts Politics and the Media Over the last fifty years the Arab world has witnessed two seemingly contradictory trends governments have failed to unite the region politically but at the same time a vibrant popular culture has blo

Over the last fifty years the Arab world has witnessed two seemingly contradictory trends governments have failed to unite the region politically but at the same time a vibrant popular culture has blossomed, strengthening the sense of a shared Arab identity Egyptian soap operas, Arab pop stars, al Jazeera television, Islamic televangelists, and a raging debate over the Over the last fifty years the Arab world has witnessed two seemingly contradictory trends governments have failed to unite the region politically but at the same time a vibrant popular culture has blossomed, strengthening the sense of a shared Arab identity Egyptian soap operas, Arab pop stars, al Jazeera television, Islamic televangelists, and a raging debate over the war on terror and the future of the Arabs are just some of the phenomena that comprise the immensely rich and diverse world of the Arab mass media Looking at such diverse cultural forms as commercial cinema, pop music, television, sport, theatre and popular religion, journalist Andrew Hammond portrays the lively popular culture of the region, offering a refreshing antidote to stereotypical views about the Middle East Popular Culture in the Arab World covers the entire spectrum of pop culture in the Arab world today, from reality TV shows to the power of modern advertising, as well as scandals involving belly dancing stars like Fifi Abdo From Lebanese pop sensation Nancy Ajram to Shaaban Abdel Rahim, an illiterate ironer in Cairo who rose to stardom singing of his support for Palestinians against Israel, this unique book highlights the unlikely heroes of Arab popular culture Of interest to all those who wish to understand how popular culture works hand in hand with the politics of the Middle East, this book is a thoroughly researched but fun

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  1. After some years in the legal profession, Andrew re trained as a teacher and has been a Deputy Headmaster, Director of Studies, Housemaster, and Head of English and Drama He now works as an educational consultant and motivational speaker.Andrew has written over thirty educational titles and has contributed articles to the Times Educational Supplement and other educational periodicals The CRYPT Series is Andrew s first foray into the world of fiction.Andrew lives in Suffolk with his wife and four children.

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  1. La tesis principal de Andrew Hammond en este libro es que la cultura popular, no la pol tica, es lo que une a los pa ses rabes sta es la idea subyacente que recorre los distintos cap tulos y creo que el autor presenta s lidos argumentos que la sustentan En buena parte del mundo rabe parecen encontrarse enormes similitudes en cuanto a tendencias, gustos, tradiciones y patrones de consumo El panarabismo que fracas a finales de los ochenta est triunfando en una enorme y variada regi n que consigue [...]


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