Nocturnal Music in the Land of the Sufis: The Unheard Pakistan

Hardcover | March 15, 2012

byJurgen Wasim Frembgen

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In Nocturnal Music in the Land of the Sufis Jurgen Wasim Frembgen takes the reader along on his fascinating mystical journeys into the musical worlds of Pakistan. In dense description he tells about his personal experiences and emotions while participating in ecstatic nights of music at Sufishrines, attending trance rituals and listening enraptured to sublime and refined classical music in private music rooms in Lahore. In his ethnographic narrative he unfolds authentic cultural contexts and life worlds in which music is deeply embedded, tracing how music is perceived and "tasted" bylisteners. He himself listens with all his senses, above all with the "ear of the heart", to sounds which seem to remove the veils between man and God. Thus, he experiences spirituality and discovers the enormous power of music in the land of the Sufis.This ethnographic narrative takes the reader along on fascinating mystical journeys into the musical worlds of Pakistan, relating his personal experiences and feelings while participating in ecstatic nights of music at Sufi shrines, attending trance rituals and listening enraptured to sublime andrefined classical music in private music rooms in Lahore.

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In Nocturnal Music in the Land of the Sufis Jurgen Wasim Frembgen takes the reader along on his fascinating mystical journeys into the musical worlds of Pakistan. In dense description he tells about his personal experiences and emotions while participating in ecstatic nights of music at Sufishrines, attending trance rituals and listeni...

Jurgen Wasim Frembgen is Chief Curator of the Oriental Department at the Museum of Ethnology in Munich as well as Privatdozent (Private Lecturer) in Islamic Studies at the University of Munich. Since 1981 he has been teaching anthropology and Islamic Studies at different universities in Germany; in addition he had been a visiting profe...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:350 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.01 inPublished:March 15, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199065063

ISBN - 13:9780199065066

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1. Nights of Music in the Wilderness2. The Music Rooms of Lahore3. Trance Rhythms at the Shrine of Shah Jamal4. With Sufi Brothers on Pilgrimage to Baba Farid5. Voices of the Fakirs at the King's Court