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Professor Jonathan Shannon's new book, Performing al-Andalus

Performing al-Andalus

Music and Nostalgia across the Mediterranean
Jonathan Holt Shannon

"[A] major intervention into the emergent field of Andalusian music studies: it is amongst the first full-blown anthropological studies of these traditions, and the first to attempt a cross-cultural comparative perspective. . . . [A] thought-provoking and  illuminating study of the role played by the image and memory of al-Andalus in the modern Mediterranean world." —Carl Davila, SUNY College at Brockport

Performing al-Andalus explores three musical cultures that claim a connection to the music of medieval Iberia, the Islamic kingdom of al-Andalus, known for its complex mix of Arab, North African, Christian, and Jewish influences. Jonathan Holt Shannon  shows that the idea of a shared Andalusian heritage animates performers and aficionados in modern-day Syria, Morocco, and Spain, but with varying and sometimes contradictory meanings in different social and political contexts. As he traces the movements of  musicians, songs, histories, and memories circulating around the Mediterranean, he argues that attention to such flows offers new insights into the complexities of culture and the nuances of selfhood.

Public Cultures of the Middle East and North Africa
254 pp., 10 b&w illus.
cloth 978-0-253-01756-7 $75.00
paper 978-0-253-01762-8 $26.00
ebook 978-0-253-01774-1 $25.99

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