Ethnomusicology of the Arab World (Fall 2010)

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Music 468 / 568: Ethnomusicology of the Arab World (Tuesday and Thursday 9:30AM - 10:50AM Old Arts 403)
Professor Michael Frishkopf
Office hours: Wednesdays, 1 - 3 PM, 334D Old Arts Building
Professor Michael Frishkopf

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This course will survey music culture in the Arabic-speaking world, from the 7th century to the present. Historical and music theoretical approaches will be adopted, but the course will focus on musics of the present day in their socio-cultural contexts. The course will develop a critical stance towards Arab music, by contextualizing music designated as such within Arab nationalism from the 19th century onwards. We will examine localized musical dialects--urban and rural--characterizing societies and cultures from Morocco to the Gulf, as well as broader mediated forms, and music media, from phonodiscs to videoclips. The relations between music and language, and between music and Islam, will also be discussed. The concept of "Arab world" will be problematized and extended to the diasporic community.

We'll use Moodle software for course management, in conjunction with this wiki. For instance, you'll find weekly assignments posted on the Moodle site, as well as a calender, and various resources (including a link back to this wiki page). If you are enrolled in the course, you must sign up for the Moodle component. The required password will be announced in class. Please bookmark the moodle as the primary website for this course.

Weekly pages (consult these pages for lecture notes and listening/viewing examples, week by week)

Course Moodle

Course resources

Course outline

How to write these wiki pages

Ethnomusicology of the Arab World final papers