Popular Culture and Nationalism in Lebanon: The Fairouz and Rahbani Nation

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Routledge, 12‏/09‏/2007 - 226 من الصفحات
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Based on an award-winning thesis, this volume is a pioneering study of musical theatre and popular culture and its relation to the production of identity in Lebanon in the second half of the twentieth century.

In the aftermath of the departure of the French from Lebanon and the civil violence of 1958, the Rahbani brothers (Asi and Mansour) staged a series of folkloric musical theatrical extravaganzas at the annual Ba‘labakk festival which highlighted the talents of Asi’s wife, the Lebanese diva Fairouz, arguably the most famous living Arab singer. The inclusion of these folkloric vignettes into the festival’s otherwise European dominated cultural agenda created a powerful nation-building combination of what Partha Chatterjee calls the ‘appropriation of the popular’ and the ‘classicization of tradition.’

The Rahbani project coincides with the confluence of increasing internal and external migration in Lebanon, as well as with the rapid development of mass media technology, of which the Ba'labakk festival can be seen as an extension. Employing theories of nationalism, modernity, globalism and locality, this book shows that these factors combined to give the project a potent identity-forming power.

Popular Culture and Nationalism in Lebanon is the first study of Fairouz and the Rahbani family in English and will appeal to students and researchers in the field of Middle East studies, Popular culture and musical theatre.

 

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Acknowledgmentsxii
Man orThe Lie versusThe Story70 TheRahbanis Lebanon 75 The Days
prognostication or proclamation? 99
civil war and the theater of the Rahbani Brothers
What DoWe NeedtoDo Tomorrow and A Long American
Fairouz andas the nation 139
Notes 181
Bibliography 193
A Festival and 32 2 The musical theaterof the Rahbani Brothers
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Christopher Stone is an Associate Professor of Arabic and Head of the Arabic Division at Hunter College of the City University of New York. He received his Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University in Near Eastern Studies.

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