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Monday, May 21, 2007

Arab Pop Culture Wars

As Lebanon once again descends into the horror of civil conflict it is important to remember its role in modernizing Arab culture. Beirut has become the center of a thriving Arab music industry that is challenging the traditional standards of Islamic culture and is creating a generational gap all across the Middle East by providing to Arab youth highly sexualized images based in Western pop culture. Needless to say, Hiz'bullah is not amused.

The BBC reports on the phenomenon here.