Shahi al-Ḥuriya: Militant optimism and freedom tea

Leila Tayeb*

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This essay traces utopian impulses, following Ernst Bloch and José Esteban Muñoz, in three musical performances of 2011 Libya. It contends that these performances illustrate the militant optimism that characterized this historical moment in Libya, and that reading them closely enables a nuanced engagement with Blochian theorizations of utopia as they are relevant to the quotidian both in seemingly unremarkable and in extraordinary times.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)164-176
Number of pages13
JournalCommunication and the Public
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2017


  • Libya
  • music
  • quotidian
  • revolution
  • tea
  • utopia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication


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