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The Lost Paradise: Andalusi Music in Urban North Africa

Jonathan Glasser


Patrimony--the idea of a collective, inalienable inheritance--is a powerful way for nation-states to externalize notions of continuity, discreteness, and vigilance against loss. But in the process of being externalized through a patrimonial object, such notions become entangled with the object's particular qualities and conditions of existence. This book asks what happens when that patrimonial object is a musical practice--in this case, an urban North African vocal and instrumental tradition known as Andalusi music. For many North Africans, Andalusi music is an emblem of local, national, and t ... More

Keywords: Andalusi music, North Africa, Algeria, Morocco, colonialism, nationalism, patrimony, revival, genealogy, practice

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780226327068
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226327372.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan Glasser, author
College of William and Mary.