Performance, Politics, Piety

Performance, Politics, Piety

Music as debate in Muslim Societies of North Africa, West Asia, South Asia and their diasporas

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Introducing Performislam

This major project focuses on the performative aspect of contemporary Muslim life. It explores how, through the modes of performance, piety and protest, performance has become a vehicle of debate within societies where Islam exerts a significant cultural influence. Paying attention to these intra-communal debates, alongside the differences between ‘the Muslim world’ and its perceived antagonists, can offer fresh insight into the relationship between Islamic, secularist and nationalist orthodoxies and social re-positioning within Muslim communities. 

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