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Dwight Reynolds on the Arabization of North Africa
Dwight Reynolds (Eyre, 2004)Afropop Worldwide’s program “The Arabization of North Africa” features the wit and wisdom of Dwight Reynolds, professor of Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.  Dwight’s insights on the legacy of Al-Andalus, medieval Moorish Spain, were the heart of an earlier series of programs in our Hip Deep series.  For this program, we go back further in time, and also further back into Dwight’s distinguished career.  In 1995, he published Heroic Poets, Poetic Heroes (Cornell University Press), an ethnography on his 1980s research among the epic poets of al-Bakatush, Egypt.  These poets recount the elaborate story of the Bedouin Bani Hilal clan, who overtook North Africa during the 11th century.  Dwight’s rich and culturally informed sense of this crucial history made him the perfect program advisor for The Arabization of North Africa.  What follows is Banning Eyre’s complete interview with Dwight for the program.  At certain points, the discussion delved into the subject of Berber (Tamzight music), and here, we turn to ethnomusicologist Philip Schuyler of the University of Washington, whose comments are inserted in the transcript.  ... Full story - - Auteur: Banning Eyre - Date : 2010-10-31 21:57:00

 

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