Speaking the Unspeakable

Sounds of the Middle East Conflict

  • Adham Hamed

Part of the Masters of Peace book series (MAPEAC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  11. Back Matter
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About this book


Adham Hamed explores how a metaphoric understanding of the Middle East as an open space full of resonating sound bodies can be applied to the Middle East Conflict. Through inquiring into the experienced truths of large-scale political violence, the author suggests that music carries a potential for speaking ‘unspeakable’ truths. He explores hidden layers by applying the transrational approach to peace studies and proposes a non-territorial understanding of conflict. Hamed argues that security and justice discourses make up the dominant primary themes in this context. The Jerusalem Youth Chorus and the Egyptian band Eskenderella are examined as case studies. This book uncovers where their truths meet within and beyond the restrictions of formalized language. The author concludes that in moments of experienced resonance there is potential for change in the dynamics of rigid conflicts. 

  • The Transrational Model
  • Elicitive Conflict Mapping
  • Music in Conflict Transformation
  • Arab Uprisings and the Middle East Conflict
Target Groups
  • Lecturers and Students of Political Science and Peace Studies
  • Practitioners in the Field of Elicitive Conflict Transformation
  • Readers interested in the Middle East Conflict
About the Author
Adham Hamed is a Peace Researcher from the MA Program in Peace, Security, Development and International Conflict Transformation as well as a member of the Department of Political Science at the University of Innsbruck, Austria.


Elicitive Conflict Transformation Israel Palestine Vernacular Music Peace Building Violence Friedensarbeit Palästina vernakuläre Musik Arabischer Frühling Arab Uprisings Middle East Conflict Naher Osten

Authors and affiliations

  • Adham Hamed
    • 1
  1. 1.InnsbruckAustria

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Wiesbaden
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science and Psychology
  • Print ISBN 978-3-658-14207-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-658-14208-7
  • Series Print ISSN 2364-463X
  • Series Online ISSN 2364-4648
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