Yara Salahiddeen


Magdalen College


DPhil Oriental Studies


yara.salahiddeen@magd.ox.ac.uk ; www.yarasalahiddeen.com

Educational Background:

MMus Ethnomusicology, SOAS University of London  - Thesis: Pioneers of Change - The Case of Munira Al-Mahdiyya

Recipient of the Ertegun Graduate Scholarship (DPhil)

Research Interests:

Co-supervised by Professors Marilyn Booth and Walter Armbrust

My DPhil research looks at the music-making and listening practices of urban Egyptian society from the mid-19th to the early 20th century. Against the backdrop of the Nahda or 'Arab Renaissance' and the early recording era, I investigate the musical 'wasla', the concept of tarab and its practitioners, asking how these both reflected and influenced social change and popular attitudes to nation and modernity. 

General interests: Arab musical practices- historic and contemporary; Arab cultural and intellectual history; Ottoman Egypt; the Nahda (Renaissance)

Recent Publications and/or Conferences:

October 2017 - ‘The Oxford Maqam Project’, Postcolonial Seminar Series, English Department, University of Kent, UK

March 2017 - 'Egypt’s Living Heritage: Community Engagement in Recreating the Past’, Makan Egyptian Centre for Culture and Arts, Cairo, Egypt

November 2016 - ‘Recording with a Phonograph,’ Middle East and Central Asia Music Forum, City University, London  

February 2016 - ‘Recording with a Phonograph’, Uludağ Üniversitesi Devlet Konservatuvarı, Bursa, Turkey  

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