This chapter lays out the central themes of the book and the broad outline of the argument to be developed in subsequent chapters. In many respects, the century-long attempt to revive and conserve the Andalusi music of Algiers, Tlemcen, and their Algerian and Moroccan satellites has roots from outside the musical practice, in that it bears the marks of nationalist, colonialist, and European modernist thought. At the same time, this project has been deeply rooted within the everyday musical practice of performers and aficionados for well over a hundred years. Furthermore, there are aspects of Andalusi musical practice that suggest ways of conceiving the revivalist project that reach beyond the modernist paradigm. This chapter lays out the book's strategy for thinking through the question of Andalusi musical revival, and introduces the central themes of value, accumulation, loss, and embodiment that animate the Andalusi musical community as a long-term social formation.
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