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Musical Ethics and IslamThe Art of Playing the Ney$
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Banu Senay

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780252043024

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252043024.001.0001

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Master Speakers, Master Listeners

Master Speakers, Master Listeners

(p.115) Chapter Five Master Speakers, Master Listeners
Musical Ethics and Islam

Banu Şenay

University of Illinois Press

The technical skills and artistic knowledge fostered by education in the ney emerge not only in the conduct of musical practice through watching, copying and imitating masters’ playing bodies, but are also powerfully cultivated by listening to their words, communicated through the skillful practice of sohbet (in the first instance, conversation). As an essentially Islamic practice that has a rich history in Sufism, sohbet constitutes the prime method of musical pedagogy: musical teaching and learning happens in conversation. The chapter presents a number of key processes that the pedagogy of sohbet is designed to facilitate in learners: new skills of hearing and musical understanding; extra-musical sensibilities germane to becoming a neyzen; and communal affections (an affect of intimacy) between those participating in the listening act.

Keywords:   sohbet, Sufism, Islam, conversation, communal affections

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