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The Lost ParadiseAndalusi Music in Urban North Africa$
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Jonathan Glasser

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780226327068

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226327372.001.0001

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The Politics of Patrimony

The Politics of Patrimony

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The Lost Paradise

Jonathan Glasser

University of Chicago Press

This chapter considers the relationship of musicians, aficionados, the state, and the concept of patrimony in Andalusi musical practice in the modern period. While the state has been closely involved in Andalusi musical revival since the beginning of the twentieth century, revival has rarely been a top-down project. Instead, state officials and agencies have generally been drawn into musical revival through the inroads made by aficionados into the state orbit, in some cases through their creation of para-state archives and institutions. This chapter examines several fraught instances of state interaction with non-state musical actors in the colonial and postcolonial periods to argue that the concept of Andalusi musical patrimony constitutes a special kind of subject: impassive yet powerful, simultaneously national and profoundly other, continually shifting its locus between the centers of power and its margins.

Keywords:   patrimony, state, politics, archive, revival, hoarding, aficionados, public sphere, authorship, shaykh

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