ISBN-10:
0819569445
ISBN-13:
2900819569447
Pub. Date:
11/03/2009
Publisher:
Wesleyan University Press
Among the Jasmine Trees: Music and Modernity in Contemporary Syria

Among the Jasmine Trees: Music and Modernity in Contemporary Syria

by Jonathan Holt Shannon

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ISBN-13: 2900819569447
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
Publication date: 11/03/2009
Series: Music/Culture Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

JONATHAN HOLT SHANNON is an assistant professor in the department of anthropology at Hunter College of the City University of New York.

Table of Contents

List of Figures xi

A Note on Transliteration xiii

Preface xv

Introduction: The Aesthetics of Authenticity in Contemporary Syria 1

1 Among the Jasmine Trees 22

2 Sentiment and Authentic Spirit: Composing Syrian Modernity 52

3 Constructing Musical Authenticity: History, Cultural Memory, Emotion 83

4 Body Memory, Temporality, and Transformation in the Dhikr 106

5 Authentic Performance and the Performance of Authenticity 130

6 Tarab, Sentiment, and Authenticity 158

7 Notes Toward Closure 188

Epilogue: 2000 200

Notes 203

Glossary of Selected Arabic Terms 227

Selected Bibliography and Discography 231

Index 249

What People are Saying About This

A.J. Racy

“Both intellectually stimulating and delightfully engaging, the book stands out for its scholarly rigor and rich documentation. Shannon approaches his subject matter with keen musical sensibility and remarkable affinity for the community that he has studied.”

Virginia Danielson

“Throughout the 20th century, societies in the Middle East have labored to produce their own modernities which are often manifest in expressive culture. Shannon's nuanced and expert text should motivate thought about Middle Eastern societies for years to come.”

From the Publisher

"Both intellectually stimulating and delightfully engaging, the book stands out for its scholarly rigor and rich documentation. Shannon approaches his subject matter with keen musical sensibility and remarkable affinity for the community that he has studied." —A.J. Racy, author of Making Music in the Arab World

"Throughout the 20th century, societies in the Middle East have labored to produce their own modernities which are often manifest in expressive culture. Shannon's nuanced and expert text should motivate thought about Middle Eastern societies for years to come."—Virginia Danielson, Loeb Music Library, Harvard University

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