The International Journal of Traditional Arts https://tradartsjournal.ncl.ac.uk/index.php/ijta <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> Newcastle University, UK en-US The International Journal of Traditional Arts 2631-6064 <p><span>Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:</span></p><p>Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/" target="_new">Creative Commons Attribution License</a> that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.</p><p>Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.</p><p>Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See <a href="https://opcit.eprints.org/oacitation-biblio.html" target="_new">The Effect of Open Access</a>).</p><p> </p><p dir="ltr"><span>PUBLICATION ETHICS AND MALPRACTICE STATEMENT</span></p><p dir="ltr"><span>The </span><em>International Journal for Traditional Arts</em><span> is self-published by the Editors. The Editors are committed to upholding the principles of the Committee on Publication Ethics' Code of Conduct for Publishers. Plagiarism, fraudulent publication or any other form of misconduct will not be tolerated. All submissions will be screened for plagiarism before being sent to reviewers. Should unethical behaviour come to the attention of the Editors, an investigation will be initiated, and all appropriate steps will be taken to rectify the situation (including, where necessary, the publication of clarifications, corrections retractions, and/or apologies). </span></p><div><span><br /></span></div><div><span><br /></span></div> The European Union, Brexit, and Ethnomusicology https://tradartsjournal.ncl.ac.uk/index.php/ijta/article/view/43 <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> Britta Sweers ##submission.copyrightStatement## https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 2021-09-03 2021-09-03 3 Qur’anic Recitation Among Pittsburgh Egyptian Muslims: An Ethnographic Field Study https://tradartsjournal.ncl.ac.uk/index.php/ijta/article/view/27 <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> Mariam Shalaby ##submission.copyrightStatement## https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 2020-08-26 2020-08-26 3