Song and rebellion in the Syrian uprising

Joel Parker has published an article in the peer-reviewed Middle Eastern Studies about the role of song in the mobilization of resistance against Assad in Syria.

"At street protests and rallies, songs led by Abd al-Basit al-Sarout and other revolutionary voices, such as the masked youth from Hama, Abu Malik al-Hamawi, and the nashid-singing5 band Ahrar al-Sham are still extant thanks to video footage. In this context, the voices of the uprising and their personal journeys into the violence that ensued offer a look at how local Sunni Arab actors created messages and broadcast them to mobilize resistance against a much more powerful force, which is somewhat analogous to Frantz Fanon’s use of radio to mobilize the indigenous population against the French in 1954."