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Street Jokes, Polysemy, and Intertextuality

Nukat al Shari3a (Street Jokes) is a program shown on Jordanian television that follows host Mohammed Lahham as he travels through both Palestine and Jordan asking people he meets on the street to tell him a joke. The show is … Continue reading

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Homeland Imprisoned Within Itself

Leading up to and during the Iranian Revolution, huge numbers of Iranians fled their country and moved to the West. The Iranian diaspora now has pockets throughout Europe and the US. Nowhere is the population of Iranian refugees and their … Continue reading

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Beeshu- Ridicule and Revolution

Among the most interesting things I’ve come across this semester has been Top Goon: Diaries of a Little Dictator. These are very short (generally 5 minute) episodes of a show of sorts, currently being produced inside of Syria in an attempt … Continue reading

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The 99

Teshkeel Comics published The Ninety-Nine in 2007. The Ninety-Nine is a comic book featuring, for the first time a team of superheroes based on Islamic culture and religion. They embody the 99 attributes of Allah and come from 99 different countries. … 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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Women in Arab Hip Hop – Shadia Mansour

After watching both “I love Hip Hop in Morocco” and “Slingshot Hip Hop”, I was inspired to learn more about Arab Hip-hop. Naturally the first thing I did was to enter “Arab Hip Hop” into a Google search. Though this … Continue reading

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Music Videos

Our discussion of Israeli and Palestinian hip hop motivated me to do some research on Israeli and Palestinian hip hop music videos. My initial interest was inspired by the question of how the two groups differed in their style of … Continue reading

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Bahlam Beek – Abd Al-Halim

After reading Stokes’ paper on Abd Al-Halim, I decided to search for some of his videos on YouTube (I’ll admit it — he’s a stud muffin). I had seen Abd Al-Halim in a film before but, as far as I … Continue reading

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#Syria

I recently came across a song called “#Syria” by Omar Offendum. Omar Offendum is a Syrian American who was born in Saudi Arabia and raised in Washington D.C. He is a very popular Arab Hip-Hop artist and activist, who has … Continue reading

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Jordanian Music: Tareq Al Nasser’s RUM

Tareq Al Nasser is one of the most prominent composers and arrangers in the Arab World. He became famous during the  early nineties when he composed the soundtrack for the drama  series, “Nihayat Rajul Shujaa” (End of a Brave Man,) and … Continue reading

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