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The Arab Spring: Popular Culture and the Shaabi Arts: Home

This guide covers developments in pop culture in parts of the Arab world affected by the Arab Spring and more recent political movements. Countries of focus include Sudan, Syria, Yemen, Iraq, and Egypt

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(PC: The Atlantic Council)



This guide outlines basic information about and resources related to post-Arab-Spring popular culture in several Arabic-speaking countries, with a particular focus on hip-hop and graffiti.

Recommended Databases

Resources on the Web


  • Mideast Tunes - A free audio streaming website which hosts music created by up-and-coming artists throughout the Middle East and North Africa


  • @arabictypography - An instagram account which aggregates images of Arabic-language graffiti, calligraphy, and street art from around the world.