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Sufism today has gained widespread interest mainly through its music and poetry, but also through its contrast with orthodox scriptural Islam. Sufism stands for an inclusive Islam focused on personal love of God and spiritual guidance within a wide range of devotional practices. Music and mystical poetry are the sonic embodiment of Sufism and its worldwide placeholder in the search for spiritual goals. Sufi, thus, can designate a broader spectrum of vernacular devotional and ritual identities. The core idea for this workshop allows us to approach this near-global vogue of a Sufi Imaginary through its music.
“Islam and Sufism” also brings into conversation a range of ideascapes and practices, from the traditional South Asian spiritual lineages to a new generation of Muslim popular culture. Sufi music is founded in ritual and its constraints, but its practice is also open to creative agency. Reaching for the gift of the sublime enables embodied engagement on multiple levels—through rhythm, repetition of words, even ecstatic dance, to reach for the gift of the sublime, individually or collectively.
The Sublime and Music: Islam and the West
Regula Qureshi and Philip V. Bohlman in Conversation
Discussant: Michael Sells
Recitation and Discussion of Poetry
Michael Sells, Love Lyrics of Ibn al-Farid and Ibn al-`Arabi
Saleem Qureshi, Sublime Rebellion: Iqbal's Urdu and Farsi Verse
Chair: Thibaut d'Hubert
Deborah A. Kapchan, Witnessing the Sublime: Sufi Samaa in Secular France
Moderator: Hakan Karateke
Music and Sublime Across the Muslim World
Bertie Kibreah, Sufi Tattva: The Sound and Space of Mystical Song in Bangladesh
Shayna Silverstein, Performing Sacred Popular: Syrian Sufi Dance as National Heritage
Michael O’Toole, Staging the Sublime: Music and Islam on Stage in Germany
Lauren Osborne, Locating Experience and Emotion in the Recited Qur'an
Moderator: Marcia K. Hermansen
The Labor of Sublimity: A Conversation
Kaley Mason, Robert L. Kendrick, Regula Qureshi
Peter L. Manuel, Qawwali as the Anti-Sublime
Moderator: Regula Qureshi