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Wofford College

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Spring 2019

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Tunisia and Italy: Politics and Religious Integration in the Mediterranean


This research paper explores stambeli, a traditional spiritual music in Tunisia, by understanding its musical and spiritual components then identifying ways it is presented in digital media. Stambeli is shaped by pre-Islamic West African animist beliefs, spiritual healing and trances. The genre arrived in Tunisia when sub-Saharan Africans arrived in the north through slavery, migration or trade from present-day countries like Mauritania, Mali and Chad. Today, it is a geographic and cultural intersection of sub-Saharan, North and West African influences.


African Languages and Societies | African Studies | Ethnomusicology | Music Performance | Religion | Sociology of Culture | Sociology of Religion


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