The Global Music Series is an innovative introduction to world music that focuses on how people make music meaningful and useful in their lives. It includes captivating case studies that feature eyewitness accounts of performances, interviews with performers, and vivid illustrations. Each volume is packaged with an audio CD that contains representative examples of the music discusses in the book. Numerous listening activities encourage readers to engage actively with the music. Music in the Middle East focuses on the varieties of music that fill the eastern Arab world--with special emphasis on music found in contemporary Egypt--and looks at music’s role in creating a regional, national, and community identity. Drawing on his extensive fieldwork, Scott Marcus highlights the dynamic nature of Middle Eastern musical culture, exploring its fascinating blend of traditional art music, modern popular music, and religious music. He also introduces features that are common amongst these different types of music. The book concentrates on three themes: the concepts of melodic and rhythmic music that underlie the art; the folk and popular styles of the region; and the deep connections between Islam and music and westernization and modernization. Music in the Middle East provides an intimate sense of the fabric of the region’s music and of the cultural contexts that surround it.