Pop Culture Arab World!: Media, Arts, and Lifestyle

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ABC-CLIO, 2005 - 376 pages
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The first book to explore how Arab pop culture has succeeded in helping forge a pan-Arab identity, where Arab nationalism has failed.


Pop Culture Arab World! is the first volume to explore the full scope of Arab cultural life since World War II. The book reveals a homogeneous yet richly diverse culture across the Arab nations.

In-depth chapters feature radio/TV (particularly the satellite revolution, which has fostered a shared Arab identity), the press (vibrant and controversial), cinema (once thriving, now in crisis), music (the beating heart of modern Arabness), theater (a largely assimilated Western import), popular religion, belly dance (originating in the Arab world), Western consumerism, sport, and the Arabic language (for Muslims, the tongue of God's final revelation). At a time when almost all we see of the Middle East is violence, oppressive nationalism, dangerous zealotry, and despair, this book is a vivid reminder of the humanity of the region's diverse people.


  • Introductory essay exploring the evolution of Arab nationalism as a political ideology and its transformation into popular culture
  • Photographs of singers, actors, and other performers

 

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Table des matières

Overview The Arab World Today
1
Television and Radio
47
The Press
83
The Cinema Industry
112
Music and Arabpop
141
Theater
173
Popular Religion
194
Belly Dancing
235
Consumerism
255
Sport
286
The Arabic Language
312
Glossary
337
Selected Bibliography
343
Index
347
About the Author
377
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Andrew Hammond is a journalist and writer who currently works as a Reuters correspondent based in Cairo, Egypt, and Dubai, United Arab Emirates, specializing in Middle East political and cultural affairs.

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