Pop Culture Arab World!: Media, Arts, and Lifestyle

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Pop Culture Arab World! is the first volume to explore the full scope of Arab cultural life since World War II. The book reveals a homogeneous yet richly diverse culture across the Arab nations.

In-depth chapters feature radio/TV (particularly the satellite revolution, which has fostered a shared Arab identity), the press (vibrant and controversial), cinema (once thriving, now in crisis), music (the beating heart of modern Arabness), theater (a largely assimilated Western import), popular religion, belly dance (originating in the Arab world), Western consumerism, sport, and the Arabic language (for Muslims, the tongue of God's final revelation). At a time when almost all we see of the Middle East is violence, oppressive nationalism, dangerous zealotry, and despair, this book is a vivid reminder of the humanity of the region's diverse people.

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About the author

Andrew Hammond is a journalist and writer who currently works as a Reuters correspondent based in Cairo, Egypt, and Dubai, United Arab Emirates, specializing in Middle East political and cultural affairs.

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Publisher
ABC-CLIO
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Published on
Dec 31, 2005
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Pages
376
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ISBN
9781851094493
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Language
English
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Genres
Social Science / Anthropology / Cultural & Social
Social Science / Human Geography
Social Science / Popular Culture
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