““Political Science and Territorial Borders”
Dr. James W. Peterson, Dr. Sarah Kuck

Abdallah Rahhal grew up in Aleppo, Syria, and he learned to sing in the Arabic Tarab style at Aleppo’s Sabah Fakhri Institute of Music. He left Syria as a refugee and took a small boat across the Aegean Sea to Greece. Soon he moved with others north and ended up in Brandenberg, Germany. In order to keep spirits up, he sang throughout the entire trip from Syria to Germany, on sea and on land. In early 2016, he moved to Berlin and formed a band called Musiqana. That group of four has become popular in Berlin and is planning on playing in other locations as well. Abdallah does not think that music has borders, and his example raises tough questions about the meaning of borders in our troubled world. Listen to one of his songs and reflect on what its significance is for political scientists who both struggle with and attempt to analyze the importance and value of borders in modern times.

Full Text: PDF     DOI: 10.15640/rhps.v5n1a2