Islamic Pop music is a growing popular cultural phenomenon. Some artists like Maher Zain and Sami Yusuf are nothing less than superstars, widely respected and popular. This lecture will address Islamic Pop through the Islamic media company Awakening and its artists. It is based on analyses of Awakening's song catalogue and other media outlet, but also on interviews and fieldwork. Otterbeck will come straight from the field, following Maher Zain's UK tour, finishing the 30 October.
Jonas Otterbeck, Professor of Islamic Studies at Lund University, Sweden
Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations 210 Euston Road London NW1 2DA
Aga Khan University's Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations