Music has been a topic of discussion throughout Islamic history. Writings by philosophers, jurists, Sufi mystics, and elite intellectuals have survived the centuries and paint a vivid picture of different ways to approach and understand music. This chapter explores this writing in relation to Islamic rituals, folk music, art music, and more. It ends just before the mass mediation of music was initiated during the nineteenth century. The main argument of the chapter is that by contextualizing discussions and positions, the internal logics of dominant discourses are made visible, making positions more graspable. The described positions are still well-known and important backdrops to contemporary Muslims understandings and discussions about music, maybe more so today than in earlier history as intellectual discourse has a much wider reach today than before the technological revolution of communication. Further, the chapter introduces many of the main historical characters, both writers and musicians, to be explored through further reading.
|Title of host publication||Handbook of Contemporary Islam and Muslim Lives|
|Publisher||Springer International Publishing|
|Number of pages||15|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2021|
- Islamicate history