Palestinian Music in Exile: A Virtual Book Talk with Louis Brehony

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Virtual Book Discussion Book Launch

Wed, Nov 29, 2023

7 PM – 8 PM (GMT+2)

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On the occasion of the "International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People" join us for a virtual book discussion of Palestinian Music in Exile: Voices of Resistance with author and activist, Louis Brehony, and in conversation with Dr. Tahrir Hamdi, Professor of Decolonial Studies at Arab Open University, Jordan.

Palestinian Music in Exile is a historical and contemporary study of Palestinian musicianship in exile in the Middle East, spanning half a century in disparate locations including Gaza, Turkey, Kuwait, and Egypt. Grassroots musicians emerge here as powerful actors, their stories taking center stage, offering critiques of existing conditions, new perspectives on displacement and the transmission of Palestinian narratives, and presenting alternative visions for the future.

Palestinian Music in Exile is released globally on 21 November 2023.

You can purchase a copy of the book from major bookstores and online book retailers worldwide.



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Louis Brehony

Activist, musician, researcher and educator, and a preeminent global scholar of Palestinian music

Louis Brehony is an activist, musician, researcher and educator, and a preeminent global scholar of Palestinian music. He is the director of the award-winning documentary film Kofia: A Revolution Through Music (2021) and has published widely on Palestine and political culture in the Palestine ChronicleMiddle East Monitor, Arab Media and Society, and a range of other journals. Louis received his PhD from Kings College London and a master's in composition from the University of Salford, and performs internationally as a multi-instrumentalist. He has family origins in Ireland and lives in Manchester, UK.

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Tahrir Hamdi

Professor of Decolonial Studies

Arab Open University, Jordan

Tahrir Hamdi is Professor of Decolonial Studies and Director of Arab Open University, Jordan. She is on the editorial board of several prestigious journals and has published widely on resistance literature.

Tahrir won the prestigious Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation Prize for the best researcher in the humanities in the Arab world in 2020. Her book Imagining Palestine: Cultures of Exile and National Identity was shortlisted for the 2022 Palestine Book Awards (PBA).

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