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The history of Arab national songs: a popular culture approach.

This article offers a reading of popular culture and its relation to mainstream culture through the example of Arab national songs, especially in Egypt. The author traces the development of the form and content of the national song, analyzing the reasons for its boom, particularly focusing on the popularity of the musical genre in the context of the Arab Spring. The author investigates whether the modern national song projects a different image of the nation and how this affects the relation of the citizen vis-a-vis the nation and the ruling power. The article is also concerned with investigating the relation between politics and popular culture.

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Author:Soliman, Mounira
Publication:Alif: Journal of Comparative Poetics
Article Type:Abstract
Geographic Code:70MID
Date:Jan 1, 2015
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