This chapter redirects discussion to the pressing and more general issue of Muslim ethics, as addressed in the fields of music production and Islamic piety. How does this music-making explicitly relate to Islam? And how does musical apprenticeship train students in a musical Islam? In addressing these questions, the ethnographic exploration reveals how this musical practice facilitates for learners and master musicians a particular way of engaging with Islam, shaping their subjectivities as Muslims, while fostering in them an explorative way of knowing both music and Islam. Theoretically, the analysis contributes to the ongoing conversation in anthropology over Muslim ethics and character formation by engaging with and critiquing the anthropological work on Muslim ‘piety movements’ and ethical ‘self-fashioning.’
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