Muḥammad in the Modern Egyptian Popular Ballad


This volume is a fascinating, interpretative study of the life of the Prophet Muḥammad as depicted in the repertoire of fifty-one contemporary Egyptian singers. The repertoire is extremely diverse and ranges from narrative ballads, classical odes, and Qur’ānic chantings, to melodies of the secular songs of well-known Egyptian singers. The 'people's' Muḥammad appears as both a commanding figure, empowered by the supernatural, and a touchingly vulnerable human being, and provides this study with excellent material for its discussion of a subject that has not received much serious scholarly attention to date.

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Biographical Note
Kamal Abdel-Malek, Ph.D. (1992) in Arabic Literature, McGill University, teaches Arabic language and literature at Brown University. He has published widely on various literary topics and genres including Sufi poetry, vernacular literature, Arabic drama and literary theory.
Review Quotes
' The materials present Muḥammad in a new manner which conforms neither to the official nor to the popular representations of him.' Leonard T. Librande, Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses, 1998.
University departments of Religion, libraries. Islamic centers, associations all over the US and other countries.
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