In an increasingly geo-politicized world, Muslim and Jewish identities are often seen in opposition to one another. Yet this is actually a new perspective, one that neglects the long, intertwined histories of these religious groups. Large Jewish populations lived in the lands of Islam without interruption from the early 7th century through the 20th century and some continue to this day. There was an intense interaction between Islam and Judaism at all levels of culture and religion, especially music. From the perspective of music and sound, we will try to build a nuanced understanding of Muslim and Jewish collaboration, distinction, struggle, and cohabitation across the geographic region of the Middle East, encompassing present-day Turkey, Iraq, Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Israel and Occupied Palestinian
•become familiar with many different and varied Muslim and Jewish musics of the Middle East over time, and their relationships with one another.
•be able to recognize, and apply an analysis to, a number of different Jewish and Muslim sonic practices, as well as the related beliefs, rituals, and embodied experiences implied in their performance
• become acquainted with these practices through applied methods involving singing, chant, playing percussion, and movement.
Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Corequisites: Attendance at any relevant music events (concerts and lectures) that are scheduled during the Fall 2021 term
Course Level: 2000-level
W 10:00AM - 11:50AM & W 2:10PM - 4:00PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 14
Course Frequency: Every 2-3 years
Categories: All courses , Ethnomusicology , Fully In-Person , History , Society Culture and Thought
Tags: anthropology , ethnomusicology , Islam , Judaism , Middle East , music history , Religion , SCT , sound