This is perhaps the greatest strength of Heavy Metal Islam. LeVine understands the politics of the region, the metal of the region, and weaves the two together into a thoughtful tapestry. At times, it feels like he is trying to make a case for metal as rap and hip-hop appear to have much wider fan bases in MENA. Such slips appear from time-to-time, but I will refrain from taking him too much to task on these details—such a practice is fashionable and ultimately amounts to academic squabbling, when in truth, it makes little difference to the main point.
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One of the reasons is that metal was never an explicitly political genre. It shows at times, for sure, but did it drive the scene? For rap and hip-hop, even for punk, one could say that it did.
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While many rap and hip-hop fans are also drawn to the beats and sounds as well, the lyrics play a much more important role in that music, perhaps partly explaining why it is a better agent for social change. All that said, Heavy Metal Islam is a terrific book. It is a fun, intelligent read and the result of some truly outstanding fieldwork.
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