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Among the Jasmine Trees: Music and Modernity in Contemporary Syria (Music / Culture) Paperback – Illustrated, November 3, 2009
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"Among the Jasmine Trees is a hauntingly beautiful example of all that is best in contemporary anthropology and ethnomusicology and their mutual nexus with performance studies and the ideas of embodied knowledge."―Jonathan Zilberg, Jakarta Institute for the Arts, Leonardo Reviews
"Shannon provides an evocative and highly readable discussion of how music and discourse about music factor in processes of identity-formation in modern Syria."―Anne Elise Thomas, Ethnomusicology
"Throughout the 20th century, societies in the Middle East have labored to produce their own modernities which are often manifest in expressive culture. Shannon's nuanced and expert text should motivate thought about Middle Eastern societies for years to come."―Virginia Danielson, Loeb Music Library, Harvard University
- Paperback : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0819569445
- ISBN-13 : 978-0819569448
- Item Weight : 15.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.34 x 0.82 x 8.96 inches
- Publisher : Wesleyan University Press; Illustrated edition (November 3, 2009)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,131,271 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Scholarly but highly readable, Among the Jasmin Trees is a perfect follow-up book to Racy's Making Music in the Arab World, Waugh's Memory, Music, and Religion, and Marcus's survey and documentary CD, Music in Egypt. The scholar-musician tells delightful anecdotes, and interviews with many Syrian experts send him, and us, on a grand tour of the complex musical and cultural issues confronting this people. If these questions seems esoteric and not germane to our own contemporary life, consider when and how the United States developed its own unique American (not including Native American) music after 1776. This surprising, worthwhile book has lessons for us as well. After reading it, Arabic music is no longer a simple category.