Race, Empire, and the New Muslim Youth Culture
By Hisham Aidi
Vintage, Paperback, 9780307279972, 432pp.
Publication Date: December 2, 2014
In this pioneering study, Hisham Aidi an expert on globalization and social movements takes us into the musical subcultures that have emerged among Muslim youth worldwide over the last decade. He shows how music primarily hip-hop, but also rock, reggae, Gnawa and Andalusian has come to express a shared Muslim consciousness in face of War on Terror policies.
This remarkable phenomenon extends from the banlieues of Paris to the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, from the park jams of the South Bronx to the Sufi rock bands of Pakistan. The United States and other Western governments have even tapped into these trends, using hip hop and Sufi music to de-radicalize Muslim youth abroad. Aidi situates these developments in a broader historical context, tracing longstanding connections between Islam and African-American music. Thoroughly researched, beautifully written, Rebel Music takes the pulse of a revolutionary soundtrack that spans the globe.