Art of Reciting the Qur'an

ISBN-10: 9774245946

ISBN-13: 9789774245947

Edition: 2nd 2001

Authors: Kristina Nelson
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Description: For the Muslim faithful, the familiar sound of the Qur'anic recitation is the predominant and most immediate means of contact with the Word of God. Heard day and night, on the street, in taxis, in shops, in mosques, and in homes, the sound of recitation is far more than the pervasive background music of daily life in the Arab world. It is the core of religious devotion, the sanctioning spirit of much cultural and social life, and a valued art form in its own right. Participation in recitation, as reciter or listener, is itself an act of worship, for the sound is basic to a Muslim's sense of religion and invokes a set of meanings transcending the particular occasion. For the most part, Westerners have approached the Qur'an much as scriptural scholars have studied the Bible, as a collection of written texts. The Art of Reciting the Qur'an aims at redirecting that focus toward a deeper understanding of the Qur'an as a fundamentally oral phenomenon. Focusing on the Egyptian context, and examining Muslim attitudes toward the Qur'an, the institutions that regulate its recitation, and performer-audience expectations and interaction. Kristina Nelson, a trained Arabist and musicologist, casts new light on the significance of Qur'anic recitation within the world of Islam today. This new edition of a landmark study, with a new postscript, will be welcomed by all scholars and students of the modern Middle East, as well as by ethnomusicologists, anthropologists, linguists, folklorists, and religious scholars.

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Book details

List price: $24.50
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: American University in Cairo Press
Publication date: 10/15/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Transcription Tables
Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Text: The Quran
History of the Revelation and Compilation of the Written Text
Nature of the Text
External Form of the Text
Content, Language, and Style
Tajwid
Introduction
Material of Tajwid
Sound of Tajwid
The Sama Polemic
The Ideal Recitation of the Quran
Issues
Terminology
Huzn
The Sound of the Quranic Recitation
Introduction
Murattal
Mujawwad
Maintaining the Ideal Recitation of the Quran
Overlap and Separation: The Dynamics of Perception and Response
Introduction
The Overlap of Music and Recitation
The Separation of Music and Recitation
Conclusion
Consultants
The Seven Ahruf and the Qiraat
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Postscript
Index
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