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Music and Media in the Arab World$
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Michael Frishkopf

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9789774162930

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774162930.001.0001

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Caliphs and Clips

Caliphs and Clips

(p.225) 10 Caliphs and Clips
Music and Media in the Arab World

Michael Frishkopf

American University in Cairo Press

Most critics of Arab satellite channels focus on the impropriety and vulgarity of so-called singers and dancers from a religious or a strictly moral point of view. Most of the video clips broadcast by Arab private satellite stations are full of half-naked, well-sculpted women, and rich, handsome young men in convertibles, chasing and flirting with one another. Video clip images focus on the use of the female body for marketing purposes, while lyrics focus almost solely on the subject of man-woman relations. Everything about the video clips has sexual suggestions. It is perhaps acceptable in a Western society where the relations between men and women are significantly more liberal than in the case of most Europeanized Arab elites. With this kind of broadcasting in Arab culture, men and women desire fancy things and it depoliticizes their minds.

Keywords:   satellite channels, Arab culture, singers, dancers, video clips, marketing, sexual suggestions

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