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Performing al-Andalus: Music and Nostalgia across the Mediterranean (Public Cultures of the Middle East and North Africa) Paperback – Illustrated, July 28, 2015

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Editorial Reviews


[This] study is well-written, engaging, and supported by a substantial bibliography. . . . Recommended.


Jonathan Holt Shannon's Performing al-Andalus is evocative, accessible, compact, and innovative in its methodological and expository approach. These qualities make it an attractive text for undergraduate students, as well as for graduate seminars focused on Mediterranean studies, the ethnomusicology of the Middle East and North Africa, and the politics of culture and memory.

Review of Middle East Studies

Shannon has proven once again his deep knowledge of the cultural and intellectual landscape of the region. . . . Through its comparative and cross-cultural perspective, Performing al-Andalus is accessible to a wide audience, addressing particularly those interested in how music interacts with memory cultures, ideologies of belonging and their circulation within a transnational context.

Ethnomusicology Forum

A sizeable body of literature has emerged in recent years that explores the musical legacies of al-Andalus from both a historical and a contemporary perspective. Jonathan Shannon's book is a crucial addition to this scholarship.

Music and Letters


In this elegant, innovative ethnography of pan-Mediterranean musical connections, Jonathan Shannon identifies a protean 'rhetoric of al-Andalus' that intersects, crosscuts, undermines, and reaffirms standard historical narratives and contemporary national boundaries. Linking musical performance to artistic and political discourses, he reveals alternative imaginaries of belonging, and suggests the productive potential of nostalgia Performing al-Andalus illustrates how competing notions of Umayyad Spain―a Muslim golden age for Islamists, an idyll of tolerance for secularists―serve to critique a challenging present and inspire visions of a different future.

-- Christa Salamandra ― Lehman College and Graduate Center, CUNY

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  • Paperback : 252 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0253017629
  • Item Weight : 13.9 ounces
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0253017628
  • Dimensions : 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Publisher : Indiana University Press; Illustrated edition (July 28, 2015)
  • Language: : English
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