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The Arab Avant-Garde
Music, Politics, Modernity
Thomas Burkhalter, ed.; Kay Dickinson, ed.; Benjamin J. Harbert, ed.

Wesleyan University Press



Contents

A Note on Transliteration
• Introduction: “Arab” + “Avant-Garde” — Kay Dickinson
• PART 1. ALTERNATIVE MODERNITIES: NORMS AND INNOVATIONS
• Transforming Space: The Production of Contemporary Syrian Art Music — Shayna Silverstein
• Balancing Integration and Disintegration: Amir Elsaffar and the Contingent Avant-Garde — Kamran Rastegar
• Multisited Avant-Gardes or World Music 2.0? Musicians from Beirut and Beyond between Local Production and Euro-American Reception — Thomas Burkhalter
• PART 2. ROOTS AND ROUTES
• The “People’s Artist” and the Beginnings of the Twentieth-Century Arab Avant-Garde — Saed Muhssin
• Challenging the Status Quo in War-Torn Lebanon: Ziad Rahbani, the Avant-Garde Heir to Musical Tradition — Sami W. Asmar
• A Look at Lightning: The Life and Compositions of Halim El-Dabh — Michael Khoury
• PART 3. POLITICAL DEPLOYMENTS OF THE AVANT-GARDE
• Sonic Cosmopolitanisms: Experimental Improvised Music and a Lebanese-American Cultural Exchange — Marina Peterson
• Activism and Authenticity: Palestinian and Related Hip-Hop in an International Frame — Caroline Rooney
• Noise and Its Formless Shadows: Egypt’s Extreme Metal as Avant-Garde
Nafas Dawsha — Benjamin J. Harbert
• Selected Discography
• Contributors
• Index

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