Origins of this blog were my course, "Middle Eastern Popular Music." Now, it has its own raison d'existence.
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
Struggling artisans remember when Iraq was better known for lutes than looting
From Agence France Presse: "Baghdad used to be renowned for the quality of lutes turned out by its artisans. Iraqi lutes were so sought after that special government permission was needed for them to be exported."
Professor of Anthropology, University of Arkansas. Author of Memories of Revolt: The 1936-39 Rebellion and the Palestinian National Past. Co-editor of Palestine, Israel and the Politics of Popular Culture and of Displacement, Diaspora, and Geographies of Identity.