Category Archives: Out-of-Class Media Post

Use this category to alert uses (and Zachary and Professor Bishara) that you are posting about a piece of media you have discovered on your own. This category should be used in addition to one or more of the others.

Dialogue Through Music

While browsing the internet exploring the world of Middle Eastern music, I found this article called “The Arab League of Hip Hop”. This article discusses the “political potency” of Arab Hip Hop, and its transnational existence and unity throughout the … Continue reading

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Shim al-Yasmin by Mashrou3 Leila

Mashrou3 Leila is a Lebanese band that has amassed great popularity among the more alternative music scene in the Arab world after releasing their debut album in 2009.  They are known for satirically commenting on social issues in Lebanese and … Continue reading

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Turkish Hip Hop: Cartel

A friend recently talked to me about a Turkish Hip Hop group called Cartel. She told me they wanted to be the voice of the minority, the underdog. I looked into them and they turned out to be a very … Continue reading

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Shirat HaSticker (The Sticker Song): the multiple voices within the Israeli community

Shirat HaSticker (“The Sticker Song”) is a song by the Israeli Hip-Hop band, Hadag Nachash. The songs title is a reference to the source of the song lyrics; all the lyrics are taken from bumper stickers or popular slogans (with … Continue reading

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Hip hop and the Arab Spring

The censorship of media during the Arab Spring called for new ways of communicating dissatisfaction with the nations’ leaders, and has by many been called a “revolution of the young.” One example of this is the role that hip hop, … Continue reading

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Fairuz (Flower among Cities)

Fairuz often performs songs relevant to the situation of Palestinians and Zahrat al-Mada’in (Flower among Cities) is no different.  It surrounds the problem of Jerusalem, which typically represents loss to Palestinians.  For example, the lyrics include lines such as “crying … Continue reading

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This is Not a Film (2011), dir. Jafar Panahi

            In 2010, Iranian director Jafar Panahi was put under house arrest due to his open support of the opposition party in Iran’s 2009 elections. He was then sentenced to 6 years in prison and … Continue reading

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Zahra’s Paradise

Zahra’s Paradise is a graphic novel created by an American-Iranian human rights activist, journalist, and documentary filmmaker named Amir who has lived and worked in the US, Canada, Europe, and Afghanistan. The editor of the graphic novel is Jewish, while … Continue reading

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McDonalds as Popculture

Though we often use the term “popular culture” only to refer to media forms, we can’t ignore cultural institutions like McDonalds. In the US, McDonalds is just another of the thousands of fast food chains that populate our cities. When … Continue reading

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Egyptian Graffiti: Keizer

I read Uprisings in Translation, the blog of a friend and Tufts alumna living in Cairo, in which she translates and discusses the graffiti she sees around the city.  Recently, she met with street artist Keizer to talk about his work … Continue reading

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