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The Voice in the Drum: Music, Language, and Emotion in Islamicate South Asia

Richard K. Wolf


Based on extensive research in India and Pakistan, this book examines the ways drumming and voices interconnect over vast areas of South Asia and considers what it means for musical instruments to be voice-like and carry textual messages in particular contexts. The book employs a hybrid, novelistic form of presentation in which the fictional protagonist Muharram Ali, a man obsessed with finding music he believes will dissolve religious and political barriers, interacts with the book's field consultants, to communicate ethnographic and historical realities that transcend the local details of an ... More

Keywords: drumming, India, Pakistan, voice, South Asia, musical instruments, South Asian Muslims, dancing, Hindus

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780252038587
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252038587.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard K. Wolf, author
Harvard University