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When Art Is the Weapon: Culture and Resistance Confronting Violence in the Post-Uprisings Arab World

by Mark LeVine 1,2
1
Department of History, University of California, Irvine, Krieger Hall 220, Irvine, CA 92697-3275, USA
2
Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Lund University, Finngatan 16, 223 62 Lund, Sweden
Academic Editor: John L. Esposito
Religions 2015, 6(4), 1277-1313; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel6041277
Received: 6 August 2015 / Accepted: 23 September 2015 / Published: 5 November 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Religion & Violence)
This articles explores the explosion of artistic production in the Arab world during the so-called Arab Spring. Focusing on music, poetry, theatre, and graffiti and related visual arts, I explore how these “do-it-yourself” scenes represent, at least potentially, a “return of the aura” to the production of culture at the edge of social and political transformation. At the same time, the struggle to retain a revolutionary grounding in the wake of successful counter-revolutionary moves highlights the essentially “religious” grounding of “committed” art at the intersection of intense creativity and conflict across the Arab world. View Full-Text
Keywords: Arab Spring; revolutionary art; Tahrir Square Arab Spring; revolutionary art; Tahrir Square
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LeVine, M. When Art Is the Weapon: Culture and Resistance Confronting Violence in the Post-Uprisings Arab World. Religions 2015, 6, 1277-1313.

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