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“Imma march’ toward Ka’ba”: Islam in Swedish hip-hop

Ackfeldt, Anders LU (2012) In Contemporary Islam 6(3). p.283-296
Abstract
The common history of Islam and the hip-hop culture can be traced back to the early expression of the culture. Since the early days of hip-hop, Muslims have used hip-hop to convey Islamic messages. Artists driven, in equal parts, by a strong personal belief in Islam and a love for hip-hop music have taken Islamic-themed hip-hop outside its country of birth, the U.S., and have made it into a matter of global concern. In an attempt to contribute to and, hopefully, complicate the picture of what has been called the transglobal hip-hop umma, this article explores how Swedish Muslims articulate their beliefs through hip-hop in Sweden. With examples from both the Swedish mainstream and the underground, it highlights hip-hop music with an Islamic... (More)
The common history of Islam and the hip-hop culture can be traced back to the early expression of the culture. Since the early days of hip-hop, Muslims have used hip-hop to convey Islamic messages. Artists driven, in equal parts, by a strong personal belief in Islam and a love for hip-hop music have taken Islamic-themed hip-hop outside its country of birth, the U.S., and have made it into a matter of global concern. In an attempt to contribute to and, hopefully, complicate the picture of what has been called the transglobal hip-hop umma, this article explores how Swedish Muslims articulate their beliefs through hip-hop in Sweden. With examples from both the Swedish mainstream and the underground, it highlights hip-hop music with an Islamic engagement whose aim is to promote and perform what is understood as “Islamic values,” such as ethics, peace, social responsibility, and a strong personal belief. (Less)
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muslims, rap, sweden, hip-hop, islam
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Contemporary Islam
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6
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283 - 296
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Springer
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1872-0226
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  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {283--296},
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  series       = {Contemporary Islam},
  title        = {“Imma march’ toward Ka’ba”: Islam in Swedish hip-hop},
  volume       = {6},
  year         = {2012},
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