Ted Swedenburg


Ted Swedenburg, an editor of this magazine, teaches anthropology at the University of Arkansas.

Articles by this Author
Imagined Youths

Snipers and the Panic Over Five Percent Islamic Hip-Hop

The Post-September 11 Arab Wave in World Music

Music from the Arab world has traditionally been a minor player within world music, the marketing category encompassing a wide variety of international music that emerged in the late 1980s. Aimed at an NPR listening “adult” audience...

Arab "World Music" in the US

Hip-Hop of the Revolution (The Sharif Don't Like It)

In Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion Across the Islamic World, journalist Robin Wright describes and analyzes what she considers an important new trend in the Muslim world: the rejection of “Muslim extremists.” She views...

Troubadours of Revolt

Rami ‘Isam, a 23-year old pony-tailed singer for the so-so rock band Mashakil, based in Mansoura, showed up at Tahrir Square on January 28, 2011, guitar in hand and ready to join the pro-democracy revolt. His music soon became an important...

Rai, Rap and Ramadan Nights

Lavie, The Poetics of Military Occupation

Smadar Lavie, The Poetics of Military Occupation: Mzeina Allegories of Bedouin Identity Under Israeli and Egyptian Rule (California, 1990).

The era of the nation-state has increasingly put into question...

Rai Ride Rising

Two Algerian rai tunes make the top ten of the Village Voice music critics’s poll in 1989. Rai is now heard daily on college radio from the University of Pennsylvania to Oregon State. Urban dance clubs with “world music...

Mosireen: The People Want the Fall of the Regime (video)

Yesterday’s piece by Ursula Lindsey, entitled “Art in Egypt's Revolutionary Square.” is a very astute and measured account of the art...