Peter Mandaville

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The Rise of Islamic Rap

Some South Asian Muslim youth in British cities, seeking art and music that reflect their own alienation, embrace the hip-hop and rap of urban black America. Styles and messages converge, as young Muslim teens blend cultural and political expression with their Islamic faith, explains author Peter Mandaville. Islamic fundamentalists warn against any music at all, let alone provocative hip-hop. Budding interest in alternative, radical music could be a fad – or signal yet a new alliance between Muslim and leftist social-justice values. There’s power in demographics: Some 70 percent of the world’s Muslim population is under the age of 30 – and they could eventually transform mainstream Islam, including the religion’s goals, activism and reputation. – YaleGlobal

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