Munshidin of Egypt: Their World and Their Song

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This book stresses the Sufi world as it is found in contemporary Egypt, not as a delineation of the details of the orders, but as it is encountered in the religious achievement of the Munshidin. They are the singers, who, in the Dhikr (mystical ritual) of Egyptian Islam, perform a task analogous to the flutes well known among the Turkish dervishes. Their songs contribute a crucial element to the spiritual goals pursued by the adepts. Contents: religio-cultural rituals; religious state of mind; repertoire; musical...
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Overview

This book stresses the Sufi world as it is found in contemporary Egypt, not as a delineation of the details of the orders, but as it is encountered in the religious achievement of the Munshidin. They are the singers, who, in the Dhikr (mystical ritual) of Egyptian Islam, perform a task analogous to the flutes well known among the Turkish dervishes. Their songs contribute a crucial element to the spiritual goals pursued by the adepts. Contents: religio-cultural rituals; religious state of mind; repertoire; musical tradition; the music & models of reality in Dhikr rituals.
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On the Sufi Singers, whose praises to Allah and the Prophet form a critical element in Sufi religious practice and tradition. The book examines their training, their activities and their concerns while exploring the meanings and traditions inherent in their use of the great poems and religious texts. Waugh (religious studies, U. of Alberta) looks at the roots of the musical tradition and analyzes the ways in which culture and religion are intertwined in this popular religious expression. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780872495371
  • Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 2/29/2000
  • Series: Studies in Comparative Religion
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 293

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