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Music and Encounter at the Mediterranean Crossroads: A Sea of Voices explores the musical practices that circulate the Mediterranean Sea. Collectively, the authors relate this musical flow to broader transnational flows of people and power that generate complex encounters, bringing the diverse cultures of Europe, Africa, and the Middle East into new and challenging forms of contact. Individually, the chapters offer detailed ethnographic studies of music's multifaceted roles in such interactions. From collaborations between Moroccan migrants and Spanish converts to Islam in Granada, to songs of the Arab world portraying the Mediterranean as an impenetrable barrier, these communities sing, play, dance, listen, and record their diverse experiences of encounter at the Mediterranean crossroads.