Memory, Music, and Religion: Morocco's Mystical Chanters

Memory, Music, and Religion: Morocco's Mystical Chanters

by Earle H. Waugh
     
 

Why do religious communities remember some events and not others? Why do some kinds of music find a continuing place in worship while others seem to lose their appeal? Why is it that the Islamic tradition is understood so narrowly, even by some Muslims, when in fact it has a broadly textured history of belief and practice? In Memory, Music, and Religion, Earle H.… See more details below

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Why do religious communities remember some events and not others? Why do some kinds of music find a continuing place in worship while others seem to lose their appeal? Why is it that the Islamic tradition is understood so narrowly, even by some Muslims, when in fact it has a broadly textured history of belief and practice? In Memory, Music, and Religion, Earle H. Waugh addresses such probing questions while exploring a rich vein of Islam in Morocco-the mystical chanters. In this book, a detailed study of the interplay between memory, music, and religion, Waugh opens new areas of thought, particularly regarding a theme that cuts across religious traditions: the role of memory in religious formation.

Since the glorious days of Andalusia, Muslim poetic and musical traditions have found a vibrant home among Moroccan Sufis. Through rituals of dhikr, or remembrance, the old forms of music and word blend into a new form of worship for today. In this study, Waugh probes the depths of religious memory within Islam and notes the singular importance of memory in comprehending the meaning and styles of music. Showing how the powerful tradition of music nurtures the Muslim soul, Waugh brings new insights to the study of the religious function of memory.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781570035678
Publisher:
University of South Carolina Press
Publication date:
06/28/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
260
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

1Examining foundations : the formation of the Islamic chanter tradition1
2The Islamic engagement with memory : remembrances as a way of knowing17
3The chanter's religious scripts : the transformation of memory's heritage44
4The chanter's classical text : tools for the master of memory76
5Alternative and visionary pasts : the impact of other memories102
6Remembered sacred sounds : the music of the Munshidun121
7The contemporary Munshid : between memory and attestation160
8The Munshidun, memory, and religion186

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