Upgrade?: Power and sound during Ramadan and ‘Id al-fitr in the nineteenth-century Ottoman Arab provinces


Journal Article

© 2017 by Duke University Press. This essay focuses on the month of Ramadan and its end celebration, ‘Id al-Fitr, the Festival of Breaking the Fast, in the Ottoman Arab provinces in the second half of the nineteenth century. What was the effect of new technologies and urbanization on these Muslim practices in their relationship to politics and the new public spaces? Building on recent scholarship, Mestyan argues that these were reconstituted as part of symbolic politics and served as a test period for using new technologies to synchronize collective action. He explores this process by historicizing the relationship between power and sound during Ramadan.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Mestyan, A

Published Date

  • January 1, 2017

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 37 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 262 - 279

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1548-226X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1089-201X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1215/1089201x-4132893

Citation Source

  • Scopus