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PALESTINE 101 | Music Making in the West Bank from 1973 to Oslo: Identity, Agency, and Innovation

When: Thursday, February 8, 2024
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM CT

Where: University Hall, 122, 1897 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: 0

Contact: MENA  

Group: Middle East and North African Studies

Co-Sponsor: Buffett Institute for Global Affairs

Category: Lectures & Meetings, Academic, Fine Arts, Multicultural & Diversity, Global & Civic Engagement


MENA welcomes musician Issa Boulos for this lecture in the Palestine in Context series.

The period from 1973 to 1993 was significant for the music scene in the West Bank. Palestinian musical output changed significantly after 1967 when Israel occupied the rest of Palestine. A new kind of music emerged in opposition to the occupation, addressing issues of social justice and class inequality. During the 1970s, musicians in the West Bank, such as Mustafa al-Kurd, made original contributions, creating an Arab musical and cultural voice with a clear Palestinian character. In the early 1980s, the musical groups Sabreen and al-Rahhala rose to prominence. This period also saw the start of the Palestinian Intifada in 1987, which had a significant impact on the Palestinian struggle and culture. The music during this time reflected the social and political conditions, serving as a form of resistance and expression for the Palestinian people.

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