During the upcoming 2012–2013 season, the King Fahd Center will partner with the Walton Arts Center to bring Caravanserai to Fayetteville, Arkansas. We are excited to draw on the Center’s expertise for the Caravanserai: Morocco reading list.
This guest post comes from Laila Taraghi, Program Coordinator at the King Fahd Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Arkansas.
The Center shares Caravanserai's commitment to open and expand dialogue between American communities and contemporary Muslim societies. We pursue this commitment via scholarship, publication, instruction, and special programming. Center core faculty members specialize in popular and classical culture and traditions – musical, visual and literary – and are recognized experts in their fields. We offer regular courses that explore the rich artistic heritage and contemporary artistic production, and that draw attention to the diversity of lived experience in the Islamic world.
Several faculty members have particular interest in Morocco. Ted Swedenburg (Anthropology) has carried out ethnographic fieldwork in Morocco and published essays on diverse musical traditions in North Africa and amongst North African communities in Europe. He has attended the Gnaoua and Sacred Music festivals. In 2007 Swedenburg and Joel Gordon (History and Center Director) participated in academic sessions of a festival of Andalusian music held in Essaouira sponsored by La Fundación Tres Culturas.