This book explores the body and the production process of popular culture in, and on, the Middle East and North Africa, Turkey, and Iran in the first decade of the 21st century, and up to the current historical moment. Essays consider gender, racial, political, and cultural issues in film, cartoons, music, dance, photo-tattoos, graphic novels, fiction, and advertisements. Contributors to the volume span an array of specializations ranging across literary, postcolonial, gender, media, and Middle Eastern studies and contextualize their views within a larger historical and political moment, analyzing the emergence of a popular expression in the Middle East and North Africa region in recent years, and drawing conclusions pertaining to the direction of popular culture within a geopolitical context. The importance of this book lies in presenting a fresh perspective on popular culture, combining media that are not often combined and offering a topical examination of recent popular production, aiming to counter stereotypical representations of Islamophobia and otherness by bringing together the perspectives of scholars from different cultural backgrounds and disciplines. The collection shows that popular culture can effect changes and alter perceptions and stereotypes, constituting an area where people of different ethnicities, genders, and orientations can find common grounds for expression and connection.

chapter |14 pages


Popular Culture—a Site of Resistance
ByWalid El Hamamsy, Mounira Soliman

part |47 pages

Popular Culture and the Aesthetics of Political Resistance

chapter |16 pages

Palestinian Rap

Against the Struggle Paradigm 1
ByTed Swedenburg

chapter |13 pages

Music Sans Frontières?

Documentaries on Hip-Hop in the Holy Land and Diy Democracy
ByCaroline Rooney

chapter |16 pages


North Africa's Music of the Working Class
ByJohn A. Shoup

part |46 pages

Gender Politics, the Popular, Social Resistance

chapter |14 pages

Masculinity and Fatherhood Within a Lebanese Muslim Community

Assad Fouladkar's When Maryam Spoke Out
ByDalia Said Mostafa

chapter |14 pages

Photo-Tattoo as Postmodern Veil

Photography and the Inscription of Subjectivity On the Female Body
ByWalid El Khachab

chapter |14 pages

Dancing Without My Body

Cultural Integration in the Middle East
ByNadra Majeed Assaf

part |68 pages

Tradition and the Popular

chapter |16 pages

Satellite Piety

Contemporary TV Islamic Programs in Egypt
ByOmaima Abou-Bakr

chapter |14 pages


The Veiled Protagonist of a Comic Serial
ByIren Ozgur

chapter |17 pages

The Yacoubian Building and its Sisters

Reflections on Readership and Written Culture in Modern Egypt
ByRichard Jacquemond

chapter |17 pages

Tradition and Modernity

The Globalization of Sufimusic in Egypt
ByMichael Frishkopf

part |47 pages

Cultural Hegemony

chapter |14 pages

American Orientalism after Said

ByJohn Carlos Rowe

chapter |13 pages

Barbaric Space

Portrayal of Arab Lands in Hollywood Films
ByHania A. M. Nashef

chapter |17 pages

Alternating Images

Simulacra of Ideology in Egyptian Advertisements
ByMaha El Said

part |31 pages

Popular Culture and Revolution

chapter |14 pages

The Role of New Media in the Egyptian Revolution of 2011

Visuality as an Agent of Change
ByRanda Aboubakr

chapter |14 pages

The Aesthetics of Revolution

Popular Creativity and the Egyptian Spring
ByWalid El Hamamsy, Mounira Soliman