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Muslim youth across the world beleaguered by the crackdown on terrorism, the woes of the economic recession, and the rise of the far right are either turning to a more conservative form of Islam or tapping into the rich inspiration of the “Black Atlantic.” In this groundbreaking investigation, Hisham Aidi chronicles Muslim youth movements that have emerged in cities around the world in the years since 9/11 and in the wake of the Arab Spring. His wide-ranging inquiry illuminates the unexpected connections between urban marginality, music, and political mobilization.

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Safa Samiezade’-Yazd

Safa Samiezade’-Yazd currently edits the Arts and Culture and Music sections for Aslan Media, an online media source on the Middle East and its global diaspora communities. She has blogged for Care2’s Causes and News Network, where she was recognized for her cultural reporting on the Egyptian protests in Tahrir Square. Her writings on resistance art within Middle East conflict and periphery cultures can be found online at Art21 and Reorient Magazine, as well as Deutsche Welle’s upcoming anthology Sitting on the Fence: The Role of Media and Conflict. She lives in Denver, Colorado.


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Hisham Aidi

Hisham Aidi is a lecturer at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. He was a George Soros OSI Fellow, a Carnegie Scholar, and co-editor of Black Routes to Islam with Manning Marable. He has been a columnist for Al Jazeera and also wrote for Africana.com based at Harvard University’s W.E.B. Du Bois Institute. He lives in New York.


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