The Value of Listening

by Thomas Burkhalter

Charles Hirschkind, author of the book The Ethical Soundscape: Cassette Sermons and Islamic Counterpublics, talks about Cassette Sermons, YouTube-Clips and the value of Listening in Egypt. With a Quran recitation by Abdul Basit Abd us-Samad, a Nasheed by Imad Rami, and field recordings by Seth Ayyaz.

Check this post by Charles Hirschkind on the Egypt Demonstrations of 2011.

Sheikh Abdul Basit Abd us-Samad

This Podcast was produced for the project Global Prayers.

Published on April 11, 2011

Last updated on January 18, 2020


Thomas Burkhalter is an ethnomusicologist and cultural producer from Switzerland. He is the founder and director of Norient – Performing Music Research (, and artistic director of the Norient Film Festival. Recent main projects include the documentary film «Contradict» (2019), the AV/theatre/dance performance «Clash of Gods» (2018), and the re-launch of Norient (2019). He published the book «Local Music Scenes and Globalization: Transnational Platforms in Beirut» (Routledge), and co-edited «The Arab Avant Garde: Musical Innovation in the Middle East» (Wesleyan University Press).
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