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p. 473. Between myth and historylocked

  • Philip V. Bohlman


‘Between myth and history’ begins with the 1932 Cairo Congress of Arab Music, which brought together musicians, composers, and ethnomusicologists from the East and West. It then moves on to the influence of North Africa on world music from the 9th century ce to the beginning of the Renaissance and the writings of Ibn Khaldūn. The Egyptian singer, Umm Kulthum; the meaning of music in Islam and Arab music history; the work of ethnomusicologist, Robert Lachmann, in North Africa; and raï, the music of the urban disenfranchised in North Africa, especially in Algeria and eastern Morocco, are also discussed.

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