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The Awakening of Islamic Pop Music

Jonas Otterbeck


Awakening – an Islamic media company formed in London – has created the soundtrack to many Muslim lives during the last two decades and has produced superstars like Sami Yusuf and Maher Zain, among a host of other artists. As the company celebrates its first 20 years in the industry, the book examines Awakening’s rise to global success and their pop music inspired by Islam. Providing the first thorough description of the history and development of new Islamic popular music genres, in particular pop-nashid and Islamic pop, this book argues that Awakening is best understood in relation to the et ... More

Keywords: Nashid, Masculinity, pop music, Islam, Maher Zain, Sami Yusuf, Awakening

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781474490429
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2022 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474490429.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonas Otterbeck, author
Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations