Heavy Metal Islam Rock, Resistance, and the Struggle for the Soul of Islam

ISBN-10: 0307353397

ISBN-13: 9780307353399

Edition: 2008

Authors: Mark LeVine
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Description: "We play heavy metal because our lives are heavy metal." Reda Zine, one of the founders of the Moroccan heavy-metal scene "Music is the weapon of the future." Fela Kuti An eighteen-year-old Moroccan who loves Black Sabbath. A twenty-two-year-old rapper from the Gaza Strip. A young Lebanese singer who quotes Bob Marley's "Redemption Song." They are as representative of the world of Islam today as the conservatives and extremists we see every night on the news. Heavy metal, punk, hip-hop, and reggae are each the music of protest, and in many cases considered immoral in the Muslim world. This music may also turn out to be the soundtrack of a revolution unfolding across that world. Why, despite governmental attempts to control and censor them, do these musicians and fans keep playing and listening? Partly, of course, for the joy of self-expression, but also because, in this region, everything is political. InHeavy Metal Islam, Mark LeVine explores the influence of Western music on the Middle East through interviews with musicians and fans, introducing us young Muslims struggling to reconcile their religion with a passion for music and a desire for change. The result is a revealing tour of contemporary Islamic culture through the evolving music scene in the Middle East and Northern Africa.Heavy Metal Islamis a surprising, wildly entertaining foray into a historically authoritarian region where music just might be the true democratizing force.

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Book details

List price: $15.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 7/8/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 295
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

Rock and Resistance in the Muslim World
Morocco: When the Music is Banned, the Real Satanism Will Begin
Egypt: Bloggers, Brothers, and the General's Son
Israel/Palestine: Hard Music in an Orphaned Land
Lebanon: Music and the Power of Blood
Iran: "Like a Flower Growing In the Middle of the Desert
Pakistan: Shotguns and Munaqqababes Along the Arabian Sea
Epilogue: Which Way to the Future?
Acknowledgments
Bibliography
Index
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