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Harris, Rachel (2017) 'Theory and practice in contemporary Central Asian Maqām traditions: the Uyghur On Ikki Muqam and the Kashmiri Sufyana Musiqi.' In: Harris, Rachel and Stokes, Martin, (eds.), Theory and Practice in the Music of the Islamic World: Essays in Honour of Owen Wright. Abingdon, UK: Routledge, pp. 217-237. (SOAS Musicology Series)

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This chapter considers the problem of theory and practice in Central Asian maqām traditions with reference to two distinct traditions: the Kashmiri Sūfyāna Musīqī and the Uyghur On Ikki Muqam. I speculate that the imposition of different forms of musical theory in the different locations may serve to mask deeper, unmarked, similarities in performance and aesthetics. Maqām traditions in this region are closely tied to Sufi traditions of vocal practice, and I suggest that these are more significant than the elite heritage of music theory in explaining the close musical relations between different regional maqām traditions.

Item Type: Book Chapters
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of Arts > Department of Music
ISBN: 9781138218314
Copyright Statement: © 2018 the contibutors. This is an accepted manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge in Tuning The Past: Theory And Practice In The Music Of The Islamic World edited by Rachel Harris and Martin Stokes on 20 November 2017, available online:
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Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2018 15:38

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