Music often becomes a uniting element for nations whose citizens have very little in common: Editf Piaf in France, Elvis Presley in the U.S. and Lys Assia in Sweden. In the case of Lebanon, Fairuz – or Nouhad Haddad by her birth name – holds a very special place as she is equally embraced by the country's multicultural society.
The existence of the phenomenon of the nation is closely related to the presence of symbolic motifs that claim to represent it. What makes a community a nation is mostly these symbolic productions that its members unwittingly confirm and participate in producing every day. National anthems and flags, heroes, "sacred" landscapes, national architecture, national cuisines and tourist brochures all contain the archaic emphasis of nationalist movements' attempts to construct links with the past.
'The national symbol'
* Researcher at Atatürk University's International Relations Department, Ph.D. candidate in political science at Yıldız Technical University
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