Rebel Music: Race, Empire, and the New Muslim Youth Culture
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About the Author
Hisham D. Aidi is a lecturer at the School of International and Public Affairs and the Institute of African Affairs at Columbia University. He was a Carnegie Scholar and Global Fellow at The Open Society Foundation and is coeditor, with Manning Marable, of Black Routes to Islam.
"Rebel Music may be the most bafflingly significant book I've read in years. It is a marvel. . . . Hisham Aidi is a brilliant expositor of this powerful planetary cultural phenomenon." --David Levering Lewis, author of God's Crucible: Islam and the Making of Europe, 570-1215 "A brilliant, utterly unique, effortlessly transnational and wonderfully written account of hip hop and new Muslim youth culture." --WashingtonPost.com "Rebel Music offers an extraordinarily rich and variegated [musical] map . . . From Paris to Rio, from Philadelphia and Brooklyn to Morocco and southern Spain, Aidi is the peripatetic chronicler of the intricate intersecting musical and political worlds whose shared issues have never before been so cogently crystallized." --American Literary History "Excellent." --Counterpunch "Rebel Music has no antecedent or peer in musical historiography . . . [Aidi] acts as historian, musicologist, journalist and theologian, no easy juggling act . . . It is a virtuoso performance of historical knowledge and cultural observations, as Aidi jams on personalities and communities."
--Journal of the American Academy of Religion "Phenomenal." --PopMatters "In this bracing, fascinating, and utterly timely exploration of music, race, and cultural identity, Aidi examines young European and American Muslims and their search for what he calls 'a nonracist utopia'. . . . This book will be especially appealing to young people who want to better understand the Muslim perspective on war, prejudice, and national identity." --Booklist (starred) "A multilayered and intriguing story of the mobilization of Muslim youth through music rather than militancy. . . . Moving from jazz to the late Algerian pop star Salim Halali, Aidi's wide-ranging, dense work persuades by its passionate accretion of detail." --Kirkus Reviews