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Heavy metal Islam : rock, resistance, and the struggle for the soul of Islam

by LeVine, Mark, 1966-

Format: Print Book 2008
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction ML3918.P67 L48 2008
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Second Floor - Non-fiction
Call Number  ML3918.P67 L48 2008
An 18-year-old Moroccan who loves Black Sabbath. A 22-year-old rapper from the Gaza Strip. These people are as representative of the world of Islam today as the conservatives and extremists seen on the news. Despite governmental attempts to censor them, musicians and fans keep playing and listening - partly for the joy of self-expression, but also because here everything is political. Mark LeVine tells the story of an aspect of modern Middle Eastern culture that seldom makes it into the news, but is nevertheless hugely important to the people living there today.

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Publisher's Weekly Review: "With a jolting arrangement of images and voices, LeVine powerfully upends received notions about the Middle East by exploring one of the area's least-known subcultures. Interviewing and jamming with musicians from Morocco to Pakistan--including rappers and trip-hop artists as well as metalheads--LeVine (Why They Don't Hate Us) presents Muslims, Christians and Jews who, in the face of corruption, repression and violence, use their music to speak truth to power and carve out a space for individual expression and a new form of community. The degree of independence the musicians enjoy varies widely--from Israeli band Orphaned Land who are free of restrictions (and widely admired in the Arab metal world) to Egyptian metalheads who fear arrest and possible torture for sporting long hair. Each artist in this book struggles, on some level, for cultural and political reform, and LeVine argues that if these musicians could find a way to cooperate with progressive religious activists and the working class, they could trigger a revolution. This is a tall order, but the author's warm and intelligent examination of a reality few in the West have experienced suggests it may yet be possible. (July 15) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Popular music -- Social aspects -- Islamic countries.
Popular music -- Social aspects -- Middle East.
Popular music -- Social aspects -- Morocco.
Popular music -- Social aspects -- Egypt.
Publisher New York :Three Rivers Press,2008
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description 296 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 21 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 281-290) and index.
ISBN 9780307353399
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