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Musical Ethics and Islam: The Art of Playing the Ney

Banu Senay


At the heart of this study is a musical practice that occupies a significant place in the contemporary public soundscape of Turkey: the art of playing the ney. Intimately connected with Sufism in both the Ottoman Empire and, for better or worse, in modern secular Turkey, the ney has been a popular instrument throughout the Middle East and North Africa. After enduring a checkered social life during the Turkish Republic’s modernizing reforms, today in a more Islam-friendly socio-political environment the ney is flourishing. Based on extensive field research in Istanbul and an apprentice-style me ... More

Keywords: ney, Sufi music, Ottoman-Turkish music, Sufism, Islam, skill acquisition, ethics, apprentice-style learning, neyzen

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780252043024
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252043024.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Banu Senay, author
Macquarie University