Kraidy Pens Essay on Controversial Middle East Music Video

Marwan M. Kraidy, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Communication, wrote the essay “Arqoub’s Promise” for Foreign Policy magazine. “The release of the video in mid-January, 2010 set the Iraqi and Arab press ablaze,” wrote Prof. Kraidy. ‘Shadha Hassoun glorifies the occupation of Iraq!’ accused one columnist; ‘A political or romantic message?’ wondered another; ‘Shadha Hassoun expels occupier,’ wrote a third, reflecting multiple and contrary readings of the video … Arab music videos are interesting not only because of their provocative aesthetics, but also because they spotlight controversial issues and elicit wide-ranging public debates about a variety of social and political issues.”