The International Journal of Traditional Arts 2021-09-03T11:27:07+01:00 The Editors Open Journal Systems <p><em>The International Journal of Traditional Arts</em> is an international, peer-reviewed Gold Open access journal that promotes a broad-ranging understanding of the relevance of traditional arts in contemporary social life.</p> The European Union, Brexit, and Ethnomusicology 2021-09-03T11:27:07+01:00 Britta Sweers <p>Discussing central stations of the history of the European Union through song, this article aims at exemplifying how this history, as well as contemporary hidden emotions and fears can be uncovered by a deeper analysis of this material. First discussing case studies by, among others, Advanced Chemistry, Killing Joke, Laibach, the article discusses the broader Europe/ EU-related social, ideological, and political discourses behind the songs’ surface contents and structures. Subsequently likewise contextualizing Brexit-related musical discourses regarding issues of nationalism and Europeanness, the article finally provides reflection on the situation and role of ethnomusicology within this European context. As is argued here, ethnomusicological findings provide important insights into many Europe-related national/global debates. Despite or rather because of its small size, ethnomusicology appears as a globally highly interconnected discipline that urgently needs to bring out its findings more strongly into the public, which has especially become apparent within the context of Brexit.</p> 2021-09-03T00:00:00+01:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Qur’anic Recitation Among Pittsburgh Egyptian Muslims: An Ethnographic Field Study 2020-08-26T03:03:00+01:00 Mariam Shalaby <p>The art of Qur’anic recitation is central to Egypt’s cultural and ethnic heritage. This study explores the role of Qur’anic recitation in the lives of immigrant and first-generation Pittsburgh Egyptian Muslims in 2016 and 2017. Through listening sessions and interviews, the research explores several questions, including: ‘Do generational differences exist in the role of Qur’anic recitation in Egyptian Americans’ lives?’ ‘What role does nostalgia play in the experience of Qur’anic recitation?’ ‘How do Egyptian Americans relate the Qur’an to music, and connect with its sound?’ and ‘How does Qur’anic recitation contribute to building community and identity in diaspora?’ In a time where many questions are asked about American Muslims and the role that Islamic traditions play in their lives, this research on the traditional art of Qur’anic recitation is pertinent and timely. Similar ethnographic studies have not been performed on Egyptians in the United States nor on the role of Qur’anic recitation in the lives of Muslims. As such, this article provides a groundbreaking perspective on what it means to recite the Qur’an as an Egyptian in the United States.</p> 2020-08-26T02:28:53+01:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement##