Ethnomusicology of the Arab World (Winter 2008)

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Music 468 / 568: Ethnomusicology of the Arab World (RN2 109A W 9:00-11:50) Professor Michael Frishkopf Office hours: Wednesdays, 1 - 2 PM, 347 Old Arts (folkwaysAlive), or by appointment.

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 its socio-cultural context. 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. 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). Please bookmark the moodle as the primary website for this course.

If you are enrolled in the course, you should create a Moodle account on the English and Film Studies Moodle, then enroll in this course on Moodle (under "Miscellaneous"). The required password will be announced in class.

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

Course Moodle

Course resources

Wikipedia projects

Course outline

How to write these wiki pages

Ethnomusicology of the Arab World final papers