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

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“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. In Heavy 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 Islam is a surprising, wildly entertaining foray into a historically authoritarian region where music just might be the true democratizing force.

Synopsis:

Offers a surprising look at the growing influence of rock, hip-hop, and heavy metal music in various areas of the Middle East, examining the influence of Western music and furnishing profiles of key musicians who have created their own distinctive musical careers in such nations as Morocco, Egypt, Israel, Palestine, Lebanon, Iran, and Pakistan. Original. 30,000 first printing.

About the Author

Mark LeVine is a musician and a professor of Middle Eastern history at the University of California-Irvine.

Table of Contents

Morocco — Egypt — Israel-Palestine — Lebanon — Iran — Pakistan.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307449603
Subtitle:
Rock, Resistance, and the Struggle for the Soul of Islam
Publisher:
Three Rivers Press
Creator:
Mark Levine
Author:
Levine, Mark
Author:
Mark Levine
Subject:
Islamic Studies
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Heavy Metal
Subject:
Popular music
Subject:
Middle East
Subject:
Popular music -- Social aspects.
Subject:
Popular music - Social aspects - Middle East
Subject:
International
Subject:
Islam - General
Subject:
Music-Rock History
Subject:
Music-Rock Reference and Criticism
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Sociology-Islamic Studies
Subject:
Music : General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20080708
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
296

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Arts and Entertainment » Music » General
Arts and Entertainment » Music » Genres and Styles » Heavy Metal
Arts and Entertainment » Music » Genres and Styles » Pop Vocal
Arts and Entertainment » Music » History and Criticism
History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » Sociology » General
History and Social Science » Sociology » Islamic Studies

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"Synopsis" by , Offers a surprising look at the growing influence of rock, hip-hop, and heavy metal music in various areas of the Middle East, examining the influence of Western music and furnishing profiles of key musicians who have created their own distinctive musical careers in such nations as Morocco, Egypt, Israel, Palestine, Lebanon, Iran, and Pakistan. Original. 30,000 first printing.
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