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Women, the Recited Qur'an, and Islamic Music in Indonesia

Anne Rasmussen

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780520255487
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520947429 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520255487.001.0001
Women, the Recited Qur'an, and Islamic Music in Indonesia

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This book takes readers to the heart of religious musical praxis in Indonesia, home to the largest Muslim population in the world. The author explores a rich public soundscape, where women recite the divine texts of the Qur'an, and where an extraordinary diversity of Arab-influenced Islamic musical styles and genres, also performed by women, flourishes. Based on ethnographic research beginning at the end of Suharto's “New Order” and continuing into the era of “Reformation,” the book considers the powerful role of music in the expression of religious nationalism. In particular, it focuses on musical style, women's roles, and the ideological and aesthetic issues raised by the Indonesian style of recitation.

Keywords: religious musical praxis; Indonesia; public soundscape; women; divine texts; Qur'an; Islamic musical styles; Suharto; religious nationalism; musical style

Book.  336 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ethnomusicology

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Setting the Scene in Women, the Recited Qur'an, and Islamic Music in Indonesia

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Hearing Islam in the Atmosphere in Women, the Recited Qur'an, and Islamic Music in Indonesia

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Learning Recitation in Women, the Recited Qur'an, and Islamic Music in Indonesia

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Celebrating Religion and Nation in Women, the Recited Qur'an, and Islamic Music in Indonesia

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Performing Piety through Islamic Musical Arts in Women, the Recited Qur'an, and Islamic Music in Indonesia

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Rethinking Women, Music, and Islam in Women, the Recited Qur'an, and Islamic Music in Indonesia

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