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From Rumi to the Whirling Dervishes: Music, Poetry, and Mysticism in the Ottoman Empire

Walter Feldman

Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi, whose life and mystical poetry provided the inspiration for the Mevlevi Sufi order, is one of the world's best-known poets, yet the centuries-long musical tradition cultivated by the Mevleviye remains much less known. In this deeply researched book, renowned scholar Walter Feldman traces the historical development of Mevlevi music and brings to light the remarkable musical and mystical aesthetics of the Mevlevi ayin - the instrumental and vocal accompaniment to the sublime ceremony of the 'Whirling' Dervishes.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
  • Publish Date: Nov 15th, 2023
  • Pages: 256
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 9.21in - 6.14in - 0.64in - 0.95lb
  • EAN: 9781474491860
  • Categories: Islam - Rituals & PracticeMiddle East - Turkey & Ottoman EmpireEthnomusicology

About the Author

Feldman, Walter: - Walter Feldman is a leading scholar of both Ottoman Turkish and Jewish music. His major publications include Klezmer: Music, History and Memory (Oxford, 2016) and Music of the Ottoman Court: Makam, Composition, and the Early Ottoman Instrumental Repertoire (Verlag für Wissenschaft und Bildung, 1996). As a lifelong musician, Feldman performs on the Ottoman tanbur and the cimbal--the traditional Klezmer dulcimer. He has held teaching positions at Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania, and New York University Abu Dhabi and is a board member of the Corpus Musicae Ottomanicae Project of the Wilhelm Westphalian University in Münster, and of the Istanbul Research Institute.