Philosophies of Music in Medieval Islam

This work will be of interest to Islamicists, but also to medievalists, musicologists, historians of the philosophy of music and classicists.


Author: Fadlou Shehadi

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004101284

Category: History

Page: 175

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This surveys the philosophies of music of the most important thinkers in Islam between the 9th and the 15th centuries A.D. It covers topics ranging from the physics and aesthetics of sound, the nature of music, its place in the total scheme of things and in human life, the relation between music, astronomy, astrology and meteorology, the relation between music and human feelings, character and behavour, to the question of whether a good Muslim should be allowed to listen to music at all, and if so, to which sorts. The book traces the influence of Greek, in particular Pythagorean and Aristoxenian, thinking in Islam on this subject, and aims to provide a philosophically coherent statement of thinking of the Islamic writers concerned, a clarification of their central arguments, as well as a critical evaluation of their line of thought. The author introduces a wide range of material from manuscript sources, including much that has not been published before. This work will be of interest to Islamicists, but also to medievalists, musicologists, historians of the philosophy of music and classicists.

Ottoman Medicine

Jamie C. Kassler (Sydney: Currency Press, 1991), 153–56; Kassler, Music in the World of Islam: A Socio- Cultural Study, ed. ... See also the tables in Fadlou Shehadi, Philosophies of Music in Medieval Islam (Leiden: Brill, ...


Author: Miri Shefer-Mossensohn

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9781438425368

Category: History

Page: 293

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First work in English devoted to medicine in the Ottoman world.

Music Art and Performance from Liszt to Riot Grrrl

Fadlou Shehadi, Philosophies of Music in Medieval Islam (Leiden and New York: Brill, 1995), 3–4. 22 Shehadi, Philosophies of Music in Medieval Islam, 1. 23 Shehadi, Philosophies of Music in Medieval Islam, 4–5. 24 Shehadi, Philosophies ...


Author: Diane V. Silverthorne

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781501330148

Category: Art

Page: 288

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Opening with an account of print portraiture facilitating Franz Liszt's celebrity status and concluding with Riot Grrrl's noisy politics of feminism and performance, this interdisciplinary anthology charts the relationship between music and the visual arts from late Romanticism and the birth of modernism to 'postmodernism', while crossing from Western art to the Middle East. Focused on music as a central experience of art and life, these essays scrutinize 'the musicalisation of art' focusing on the visual and performing arts and detailing significant instances of intra-art relations between c. 1840 and the present day. Essays reflect on the aesthetic relationships of music to painting, performance and installation, sound-and- silence, time-and-space. The insistent influence of Wagner is considered as well as the work and ideas of Manet, Satie and Cage, Thomas Wilfred, La Monte Young and Eliasson. What distinguishes these studies are the convictions that music is never alone and that a full understanding of the “isms” of the last two hundred years is best achieved when music's influential presence in the visual arts is acknowledged and interrogated.

The Routledge Companion to Philosophy and Music

Blum, S. (forthcoming) “Foundations of Musical Knowledge in the Muslim World,” in P. Bohlman (ed.) The Cambridge History of World ... Shehadi, F.A. (1995) Philosophies of Music in Medieval Islam, Leiden: Brill. (An introductory survey.) ...


Author: Theodore Gracyk

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136821882

Category: Music

Page: 654

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The Routledge Companion to Philosophy and Music is an outstanding guide and reference source to the key topics, subjects, thinkers and debates in philosophy and music. Essential reading for anyone interested in philosophy, music and musicology.

Philosophy in the Islamic World

The Enterprise of Science in Islam (Cambridge, MA, 2003), 55–83. Music and Philosophy H. G. Farmer, The Sources of Arabian Music (Leiden, 1965). F. Shehadi, Philosophies of Music in Medieval Islam (Leiden, 1995). A. Shiloah, Music in ...


Author: Peter Adamson

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780191084843

Category: Philosophy

Page: 544

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The latest in the series based on the popular History of Philosophy podcast, this volume presents the first full history of philosophy in the Islamic world for a broad readership. It takes an approach unprecedented among introductions to this subject, by providing full coverage of Jewish and Christian thinkers as well as Muslims, and by taking the story of philosophy from its beginnings in the world of early Islam all the way through to the twentieth century. Major figures like Avicenna, Averroes, and Maimonides are covered in great detail, but the book also looks at less familiar thinkers, including women philosophers. Attention is also given to the philosophical relevance of Islamic theology (kalam) and mysticism—the Sufi tradition within Islam, and Kabbalah among Jews—and to science, with chapters on disciplines like optics and astronomy. The book is divided into three sections, with the first looking at the first blossoming of Islamic theology and responses to the Greek philosophical tradition in the world of Arabic learning. This 'formative period' culminates with the work of Avicenna, the pivotal figure to whom most later thinkers feel they must respond. The second part of the book discusses philosophy in Muslim Spain (Andalusia), where Jewish philosophers come to the fore, though this is also the setting for such thinkers as Averroes and Ibn Arabi. Finally, a third section looks in unusual detail at later developments, touching on philosophy in the Ottoman, Mughal, and Safavid empires and showing how thinkers in the nineteenth to the twentieth century were still concerned to respond to the ideas that had animated philosophy in the Islamic world for centuries, while also responding to political and intellectual challenges from the European colonial powers.

Concubines and Courtesans

See also Shehadi, Philosophies of Music in Medieval Islam, 1–11, 50–65; Farmer, History of Arabian Music, 175–177; Wright, “Musiki,” EI, Vol. ... To date, there are still relatively few studies of medieval Islamicate music.


Author: Matthew S. Gordon

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190622206

Category: History

Page: 256

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Concubines and Courtesans contains sixteen essays that consider, from a variety of viewpoints, enslaved and freed women across medieval and pre-modern Islamic social history. The essays bring together arguments regarding slavery, gender, social networking, cultural production (songs, poetry and instrumental music), sexuality, Islamic family law, and religion in the shaping of Near Eastern and Islamic society over time. They range over nearly 1000 years of Islamic history - from the early, formative period (seventh to tenth century C.E.) to the late Ottoman, Safavid and Mughal eras (sixteenth to eighteenth century C.E.) - and regions from al-Andalus (Islamic Spain) to Central Asia (Timurid Iran). The close, common thread joining the essays is an effort to account for the lives, careers and representations of female slaves and freed women participating in, and contributing to, elite urban society of the Islamic realm. Interest in a gendered approach to Islamic history, society and religion has by now deep roots in Middle Eastern and Islamic studies. The shared aim of the essays collected here is to get at the wealth of these topics, and to underscore their centrality to a firm grasp on Islamic and Middle Eastern history.

Philosophy in the Islamic World

Arabic Sciences and Philosophy 16 (2006): 207–236. ... Repr. in: F. Rosenthal, Science and Medicine in Islam: A Collection of Essays. Aldershot, 1990, no. IV. ... Philosophies of Music in Medieval Islam. Leiden, 1995.


Author: Ulrich Rudolph

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004492547

Category: Philosophy

Page: 864

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A comprehensive reference work covering all figures of the earliest period of philosophy in the Islamic world. Both major and minor thinkers are covered, with details of biography and doctrine as well as detailed lists and summaries of each author’s works.

Music and Musicians in the Medieval Islamicate World

Syracuse University, 1974); and al-Faruqi, “Music, Musicians and Muslim Law.” See also Shehadi, Philosophies of Music in 26 Medieval Islam. See, for example, Beverly Bossler, “Gender and Entertainment at the Song Court,” in Anne ...


Author: Lisa Nielson

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9780755617906

Category: Music

Page: 296

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During the early medieval Islamicate period (800–1400 CE), discourses concerned with music and musicians were wide-ranging and contentious, and expressed in works on music theory and philosophy as well as literature and poetry. But in spite of attempts by influential scholars and political leaders to limit or control musical expression, music and sound permeated all layers of the social structure. Lisa Nielson here presents a rich social history of music, musicianship and the role of musicians in the early Islamicate era. Focusing primarily on Damascus, Baghdad and Jerusalem, Lisa Nielson draws on a wide variety of textual sources written for and about musicians and their professional/private environments – including chronicles, literary sources, memoirs and musical treatises – as well as the disciplinary approaches of musicology to offer insights into musical performances and the lives of musicians. In the process, the book sheds light onto the dynamics of medieval Islamicate courts, as well as how slavery, gender, status and religion intersected with music in courtly life. It will appeal to scholars of the Islamicate world and historical musicologists.

Science and Medicine Oxford Bibliographies Online Research Guide

Classical studies on the musical tradition in the Islamic world. ... Philosophies of Music in Medieval Islam. ... A survey of philosophies of music of important authors of the 9th to 15th centuries, identifying Greek influences and ...


Author: Oxford University Press

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0199804230

Category: Social Science

Page: 40

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This ebook is a selective guide designed to help scholars and students of Islamic studies find reliable sources of information by directing them to the best available scholarly materials in whatever form or format they appear from books, chapters, and journal articles to online archives, electronic data sets, and blogs. Written by a leading international authority on the subject, the ebook provides bibliographic information supported by direct recommendations about which sources to consult and editorial commentary to make it clear how the cited sources are interrelated related. A reader will discover, for instance, the most reliable introductions and overviews to the topic, and the most important publications on various areas of scholarly interest within this topic. In Islamic studies, as in other disciplines, researchers at all levels are drowning in potentially useful scholarly information, and this guide has been created as a tool for cutting through that material to find the exact source you need. This ebook is a static version of an article from Oxford Bibliographies Online: Islamic Studies, a dynamic, continuously updated, online resource designed to provide authoritative guidance through scholarship and other materials relevant to the study of the Islamic religion and Muslim cultures. Oxford Bibliographies Online covers most subject disciplines within the social science and humanities, for more information visit

What Is Islam

his musical majlis, which he describes as “our private majlis”—the star of which was a woman: a diva called Turmati ... of the theories on music of the Islamic philosophers in Fadlou Shehadi, Philosophies of Music in Medieval Islam, ...


Author: Shahab Ahmed

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691178318

Category: Religion

Page: 624

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What is Islam? How do we grasp a human and historical phenomenon characterized by such variety and contradiction? What is "Islamic" about Islamic philosophy or Islamic art? Should we speak of Islam or of islams? Should we distinguish the Islamic (the religious) from the Islamicate (the cultural)? Or should we abandon "Islamic" altogether as an analytical term? In What Is Islam?, Shahab Ahmed presents a bold new conceptualization of Islam that challenges dominant understandings grounded in the categories of "religion" and "culture" or those that privilege law and scripture. He argues that these modes of thinking obstruct us from understanding Islam, distorting it, diminishing it, and rendering it incoherent. What Is Islam? formulates a new conceptual language for analyzing Islam. It presents a new paradigm of how Muslims have historically understood divine revelation—one that enables us to understand how and why Muslims through history have embraced values such as exploration, ambiguity, aestheticization, polyvalence, and relativism, as well as practices such as figural art, music, and even wine drinking as Islamic. It also puts forward a new understanding of the historical constitution of Islamic law and its relationship to philosophical ethics and political theory. A book that is certain to provoke debate and significantly alter our understanding of Islam, What Is Islam? reveals how Muslims have historically conceived of and lived with Islam as norms and truths that are at once contradictory yet coherent.