Approaches to Arabic Popular Culture

Faculty/Professorship: Arabic Studies  ; University of Bamberg  
Author(s): Konerding, Peter ; Dozio, Cristina; Gatt, Kurstin; Kitzler, Gisela; Wiedemann, Felix ; Zahren, Sabrina
Editors: Konerding, Peter ; Wiedemann, Felix ; Behzadi, Lale
Publisher Information: Bamberg : University of Bamberg Press
Year of publication: 2021
Pages: 230 ; Illustrationen, Diagramme
ISBN: 978-3-86309-766-0
Series ; Volume: Bamberger Orientstudien ; 14 
Source/Other editions: Parallel erschienen als Druckausgabe in der University of Bamberg Press, 2021 (26,70 EUR)
Language(s): Other Language
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DOI: 10.20378/irb-49890
Licence: Creative Commons - CC BY - Attribution 4.0 International 
URN: urn:nbn:de:bvb:473-irb-498900
Over recent years, Arabic popular culture has become a focal point of West Asian and North African studies. Most of the new research dealing with it concentrates on the ‘popular’ as opposed to an intellectual ‘high’ culture far from the harsh and hierarchically organized reality many Arabic-speaking societies face today. Popular cultural practices are thus seen as a rejection of the elite and a stance against those who have ‘something to loose’ within paralyzed and conservative communities. Albeit not denying the subversive political potential associated with these practices, this volume intends to take a more nuanced and broader perspective. Arabic popular culture might engage with emancipatory claims, but it might as easily follow the capitalist rulebook of global marketing. It might fight against oppressive authorities, yet it can equally become their symbol.
Approaches to Arabic Popular Culture therefore closely looks at the aesthetic implications of a topic ranging from Lebanese hip hop over Algerian pop novels to jihadi chants in the ‘Islamic State’ as well as from Egyptian mahraganāt music over sarcastic stories about hash dens and time travel in downtown Cairo to Saudi-Arabian YouTube-influencers. Thus, the theoretical scope widens and the reader is taken on a delightful journey to the unsettling pleasures of contemporary Arabic art and culture.
GND Keywords: Arabisch; Literatur; Arabische Staaten; Massenkultur; Pop-Kultur; Popliteratur; Dschihadismus; Influencer
Keywords: Arabic culture, popular culture, Arabic literature, popular literature, pop, pop culture, Popliteratur
DDC Classification: 890 Other literatures  
RVK Classification: EN 2939     EN 2934   
Type: Book
Release Date: 5. October 2021

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