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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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Music and Ethical Modification

Music and Ethical Modification

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(p.139) Chapter Six Music and Ethical Modification
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Musical Ethics and Islam
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Banu Şenay

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252043024.003.0007

Engaging with current debates in anthropology around ethics, moral subjectivity, and self-formation, this chapter examines the transformative power of this Islam-infused musical practice to cultivate in learners not only new artistic but also new ethical perceptions. It discusses the ways in which the process of becoming a skillful ney-player involves much more than technical competence, illustrating how students are socialized into new ways of being as well as into new ways of relating to other selves and to the city. I frame the transformative faculty of this musical enterprise ‘ethical modification’ to avoid over-privileging the efficacy of the skilled practice for fashioning radically different moral selves.

Keywords:   ethics, ethical modification, self-formation, ethical perceptions, Islam, moral subjectivity, socialization

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