The Art of Reciting the Qur'an / Edition 2

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Overview

For the Muslim faithful, the familiar sound of the Qur'anic recitation is the predominant and most immediate means of contact with the Word of God. Heard day and night, on the street, in taxis, in shops, in mosques, and in homes, the sound of recitation is far more than the pervasive background music of daily life in the Arab world. It is the core of religious devotion, the sanctioning spirit of much cultural and social life, and a valued art form in its own right. Participation in recitation, as reciter or listener, is itself an act of worship, for the sound is basic to a Muslim's sense of religion and invokes a set of meanings transcending the particular occasion.
For the most part, Westerners have approached the Qur'an much as scriptural scholars have studied the Bible, as a collection of written texts. The Art of Reciting the Qur'an aims at redirecting that focus toward a deeper understanding of the Qur'an as a fundamentally oral phenomenon. Focusing on the Egyptian context, and examining Muslim attitudes toward the Qur'an, the institutions that regulate its recitation, and performer-audience expectations and interaction. Kristina Nelson, a trained Arabist and musicologist, casts new light on the significance of Qur'anic recitation within the world of Islam today. This new edition of a landmark study, with a new postscript, will be welcomed by all scholars and students of the modern Middle East, as well as by ethnomusicologists, anthropologists, linguists, folklorists, and religious scholars.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789774245947
  • Publisher: American University in Cairo Press, The
  • Publication date: 10/8/2004
  • Edition description: 2nd
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Kristina Nelson received her PhD in Arabic studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

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Table of Contents

Transcription Tables
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 The Text: The Qur'an 1
History of the Revelation and Compilation of the Written Text 1
Nature of the Text 3
External Form of the Text 4
Content, Language, and Style 5
2 Tajwid 14
Introduction 14
Material of Tajwid 18
Sound of Tajwid 21
3 The Sama' Polemic 32
4 The Ideal Recitation of the Qur'an 52
Issues 53
Terminology 68
Huzn 89
5 The Sound of the Qur'anic Recitation 101
Introduction 101
Murattal 105
Mujawwad 110
6 Maintaining the Ideal Recitation of the Qur'an 136
7 Overlap and Separation: The Dynamics of Perception and Response 153
Introduction 153
The Overlap of Music and Recitation 157
The Separation of Music and Recitation 173
Conclusion 188
App. A: Consultants 192
App. B The Seven Ahruf and the Qira'at 199
Notes 202
Selected Bibliography 225
Postscript 235
Index 240
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