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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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Musical Islam

Musical Islam

(p.163) Chapter Seven Musical Islam
Musical Ethics and Islam

Banu Şenay

University of Illinois Press

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.’

Keywords:   ethics, Muslim ethics, Islam, musical Islam, exploration, piety movements, self-fashioning, ethical character formation, subjectivity

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