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“More Than Friends?” On Muslim-Jewish Musical Intimacy in Algeria and Beyond
Start Date: 3/28/2019Start Time: 4:30 PM
End Date: 3/28/2019End Time: 6:00 PM
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Event Description:

Jonathan Glasser, associate professor of anthropology at the College of William & Mary, will present the keynote lecture of the Jewish Contributions to Middle East Music Conference, entitled “‘More Than Friends?’ On Muslim-Jewish Musical Intimacy in Algeria and Beyond.” The lecture will take place at 4:30 PM in Gearhart Hall Room 26.

In scholarly and popular conversations about the relationship between Muslims and Jews in the Maghrib and its diaspora, music seems to challenge discourses that would emphasize Muslim-Jewish conflict and Jews’ status as outsiders to the North African social fabric. Yet on closer inspection, Muslim-Jewish interactions around music, and the conversations about them, rarely escape the tropes of rivalry, marginality, and ambivalence that have long permeated discourse about the Muslim-Jewish interface in North Africa. Focusing on Algeria, this talk suggests that by paying attention to the implicit theories of relatedness embedded in these conversations, we can both account for the centripetal force of such tropes as well as imagine richer alternatives for understanding Muslim-Jewish interaction in the Maghrib and its diaspora.

A full schedule of speakers and lecture titles may be found online at All conference events are free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the King Fahd Center for Middle East Studies, the Department of Music, the Fulbright College Humanities Program, the Fulbright College Jewish Studies Program, and the University of Arkansas Honors College.

Location Information:
Main Campus - (GEAR) G. David Gearhart Hall  (View Map)
G. David Gearhart Hall
340 N. Campus Dr.
Fayetteville, AR 72701
United States
Room: 26
Contact Information:
Name: Middle East Studies
Phone: 479.575.2175
Dr. Jonathan Glasser
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Admission Information:
Free and open to the public

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