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This article examines the explosion of artistic production in the Arab world during the so-called Arab Spring. Focusing on music, poetry, theatre, and graffiti and related visual arts, I explore how these "do-it-yourself" scenes represent, at least potentially, a "return of the aura" to the production of culture at the edge of social and political transformation. At the same time, the struggle to retain a revolutionary grounding in the wake of successful counter-revolutionary moves highlightsdoi:10.3390/rel6041277 fatcat:2xkkzml7njejpfrn355jbslom4