Courses of Study 2013-2014 
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Courses of Study 2013-2014 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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MUSIC 4304 - [Persia Seminar: Imaging Music, Imagining Culture]

(also MEDVL 4304 , NES 4304 )(GHB) (HA-AS)
Fall. 4 credits.

Next offered 2014-2015. Co-meets with MEDVL 6304 /MUSIC 7304 .

A. Hicks.

This seminar investigates the nexus of music, poetry, cosmology, and iconography in medieval Arabo-Persian culture from, roughly, the Sāmānids (ninth/tenth century) to the Safavids (sixteenth/seventeenth century). Topics include the valuation of music and musicians in Persian court culture (as filtered through the lenses of court poetry, illuminated manuscripts, and travelogues), musical metaphor and ritual in medieval Persian Sufism, and the development of “spiritual audition” (samā’/sema) in its expansion across Central Asia. These topics will be situated within the broader framework of contemporaneous debates about the morality of listening within Islam. No knowledge of Arabic or Persian required.

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