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Anders Ackfeldt

Anders Ackfeldt

Researcher

Anders Ackfeldt

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

Author

  • Anders Ackfeldt

Summary, in English

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.

Department/s

  • Centre for Advanced Middle Eastern Studies
  • MECW: The Middle East in the Contemporary World

Publishing year

2012

Language

English

Pages

283-296

Publication/Series

Contemporary Islam

Volume

6

Issue

3

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

Springer

Topic

  • Other Social Sciences
  • History of Religions

Keywords

  • muslims
  • rap
  • sweden
  • hip-hop
  • islam

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 1872-0226