Ethnomusicology is the study of sound and music’s relationship with culture, history, and people. I earned a B. Phil. in ethnomusicology from the University of Pittsburgh in 2018 and continue to be active in the field.


Shalaby, Mariam A. (2020) “Qur’anic Recitation Among Pittsburgh Egyptian Muslims: An Ethnographic Field Study”. The International Journal of Traditional Arts 3 (August).

Shalaby, Mariam A. (2018) Qur’anic recitation in Pittsburgh, PA and Cairo, Egypt: shaping identity, nostalgia, and religious practice across the Egyptian-American diaspora. Undergraduate Thesis, University of Pittsburgh.


Shalaby, Mariam A. The Role of Qur’anic Recitation in Shaping Nostalgia, Piety, and Identity Among Egyptians in Diaspora. Forthcoming, 2022. Music of Arab America Project. Bowling Green University.

Shalaby, Mariam A. Guest lecture: “Qur’anic Recitation in Pittsburgh, PA and Cairo, Egypt:
What does Qur’anic Recitation Mean to Those Who Practice it?” February 2021. University of Pittsburgh MUS 1352 Music in Southeast Asia.

Interview on the Pitt Music Podcast (October 2020)