Cairo pop : youth music in contemporary Egypt

Gilman, Daniel J., 1978- author

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  • Creator Daniel J. Gilman
  • Format Books
  • Publication Minneapolis, Minnesota : University of Minnesota Press, 2014. ©2014
  • Physical Details
    • 1 online resource (270 p.)
  • ISBNs 9781452942797, 145294279X


  • Cairo Pop is the first book to examine the dominant popular music of Egypt, shababiyya. Scorned or ignored by scholars and older Egyptians alike, shababiyya plays incessantly in Cairo, even while Egyptian youth joined in mass protests against their government, which eventually helped oust longtime Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak in early 2011. Living in Cairo at the time of the revolution, Daniel Gilman saw, and more importantly heard, the impact that popular music can have on culture and politics. Here he contributes a richly ethnographic analysis of the relationship between mass-mediated po


  • Description based upon print version of record.
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • English


  • Cover; Contents; Preface; Acknowledgments; Note on Transliteration and Pseudonyms; Introduction: Good Music, Bad Music, and Youth Music; 1. "My Patience Is Short": Youth Talk about Grandpa's Music; 2. " Oh, My Brown Skinned Darling": Sex, Music, and Egyptianness; 3. "The Hardest Thing to Say": Taxonomies of Aesthetics; 4. " A Poem Befitting of Her": Ambiguity and Sincerity in Revolutionary Pop Culture; Epilogue: On the Counterrevolution; Notes; Glossary; Bibliography; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; Q; R; S; T; U; V; W; Y; Z
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