Jihadi music: A reading list

I continue my literature survey with a reading list on music. Jihadis, of course, draw a sharp distinction between instrumental music (musiqa), which they denounce, and a capella hymns (anashid), which they warmly embrace. Still, it is all organized sound, so we can call it music in English. As with the previous reading lists on poetry and dreams, I cast the net wider than just the jihadi universe because it is useful to know what non-jihadi Islamist groups and other religious Muslims are doing. Here again I welcome suggestions and corrections. 

Alagha, “Jihad through ‘music’: The Taliban and Hizbullah” 

Farid El
Asri, Rythmes et voix d’islam: Une socioanthropologie d’artistes musulmans

Talal Atrissi,
“Chants de la résistance et libanisation du Hezbollah”

Carin Berg,
“Tunes of religious resistance? Understanding Hamas music in a conflict context”

Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz, Vom Gangster-Rap zum Jihad-Aufruf – radikalisierende Hymnen
“neugeborener” Salafisten

Dantschke, Ohne Musik geht es nicht: Salafismus und „Nasheeds“ (Anasheed) in

Michaael Frischkopf,
Inshad Dini and Aghani Diniyya in Twentieth Century Egypt: A Review of Styles,
Genres, and Available Recordings

Frischopf, “‘Islamic Music in Africa’ as a Tool for African Studies”

Gazzah, Rhythms and Rhymes of Life: Music and Identification Processes of
Dutch-Moroccan Youth

Jeanette S.
Jouili and Annelies Moors, Islamic Sounds and the Politics of Listening

Kanaaneh, Stig-Magnus Thorsén, Heather Bursheh, and David A. McDonald (eds), Palestinian
Music and Song: Expression and Resistance since 1900

Katy Khan, “‘Sonic
Jihad’: Black Popular Music and the Renegotiation of Muslim Identities in
Post 9/11″

Lemieux and Robert Nill, “The Role and Impact of Music in Promoting (and
Countering) Violent Extremism”

Lohlker, “Hip Hop and Islam: An Exploration into Music, Technology, Religion,
and Marginality”

Mandaville, “Hip-hop, Nasheeds, and ‘Cool’ Sheikhs”

Massad, “Liberating Songs: Palestine Put to Music”

David A.
McDonald, My Voice is My Weapon: Music, Nationalism, and the Poetics of
Palestinian Resistance

Nooshin (ed), Music and the Play of Power: Music, Politics and Ideology in the
Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia

Pelevin and Matthias Weinreich, “The Songs of the Taliban”

Pieslak, Sound Targets

Behnam Said,
“A Brief Look at the History and Power of Anasheed in Jihadist Culture”

Said, “Hymns (Nasheeds): A Contribution to the Study of the Jihadist Culture”

Behnam Said,
“Naschid-Gesänge im Salafismus” 

Said, “Dschihadistische Hymnen. Begrifflichkeiten, Entstehungsgeschichte und
Relevanz für die deutsche Szene”

Salhi, Music, Culture and Identity in the Muslim World: Performance, Politics
and Piety

Seidensticker, “Jihad Hymns (Nashīds) as a Means of Self-Motivation in the
Hamburg Group”

Michael Semple,
“Rhetoric of resistance in the Taliban’s rebel ballads” 

Karin van
Nieuw kerk,  Performing Piety: Singers and Actors in Egypt’s Islamic Revival

Karin van
Nieuwkerk (ed), Muslim Rap, Halal Soaps, and Revolutionary Theater: Artistic
Developments in the Muslim World 

Earle H. Waugh,
Memory, Music, and Religion: Morocco’s Mystical Chanters

Wong, “Conflicts, Occupation, and Music-Making in Palestine”


22 May: I just discovered this:

Thomas H. Johnson and Ahmad Waheed, Analyzing Taliban taranas (chants): an effective Afghan propaganda artifact

Soeuf Elbadawi,
“Allah remixé par le rap : le flow de la prédication en France”

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