Divine Inspirations

Divine Inspirations : Music and Islam in Indonesia

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Indonesia is celebrated for its courtly arts, its beautiful beaches, its tourist attractions, and its artisan marketplace. Yet long overdue is a look at Indonesian Islam as the source of and inspiration for the arts throughout the history if its people, and in the dynamic popular performances of today. From the rhythmic grooves of dang dut, the archipelago's tenacious pop music, to the oft-quoted image of the wayang shadow puppet-theater, Divine Inspirations: Music and Islam in Indonesia investigates the expression of the Muslim religion through a diversity of art forms in this region. And from Quranic recitation by teenaged girls and women in Jakarta to the provincial patronage of Sufi arts and Muslim ritual as regional performance, this volume further addresses the ways in which Islam-inspired performance has been co-opted and appropriated for the expression of national culture. Eleven ethnographic case studies by an international roster of specialists in Indonesian expressive culture and performing arts are complimented by an introduction by co-editors David Harnish and Anne Rasmussen, and an epilogue by senior scholar Judith Becker. The collection explores the region's various micro-cultures of music, dance, religious ritual, government patronage, social censorship, tourism, development, and gender roles and relations. This pastiche speaks on personal, political, global, and local levels to the most important question of identity and ideology in Indonesia today: Islam. Divine Inspirations will engage readers interested in Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Islam, world religions, global discourse, and music, arts and ritual.show more

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  • Hardback | 408 pages
  • 162.56 x 236.22 x 30.48mm | 929.86g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0195385411
  • 9780195385410

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This innovative volume edited by David D. Harnish and Anne K. Rasmussen introduces the reader to the world of religion, music and society. In the enriching introduction the editors tell about the generally positive attitude of Indonesian Muslims towards music and the hybrid character of Muslim music in the archipelago which brings together local, Arab and Indian traditions, sounds, stories and instruments. * Amanda Kovacs, Asien *show more

About David D. Harnish

Anne K. Rasmussen is associate professor at The College of William and Mary, where she also directs a Middle Eastern Music Ensemble. She is the author of Women's Voices, the Recited Qur'an, and Islamic Music in Indonesia (California, 2010) and is co-editor of Musics of Multicultural America (Schirmer, 1997) and a former Fulbright senior scholar. David Harnish is Professor of Ethnomusicology at Bowling Green State University. He is author of Bridges to the Ancestors: Music, Myth and Cultural Politics at an Indonesian Festival (University of Hawai'i, 2006) and has recorded and/or performed Indonesian, jazz, Indian and Tejano musics with five different labels.show more

Table of contents

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS; ABOUT THE COMPANION WEBSITE; LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS; NOTES ON CONTRIBUTORS; INTRODUCTION: THE WORLD OF ISLAM IN THE MUSIC OF INDONESIA; DAVID HARNISH, ANNE RASMUSSEN; PART I TENSIONS, CHANGE, AND PROBLEMATIC HISTORIES; GAMELAN AND WAYANG KULIT; SUMARSAM; MUSIC OF LOMBOK; DAVID HARNISH; PART II MYSTICISM AND DEVOTIONALISM; WORK OF INDONESIAN WOMEN IN CROSS-CULTURAL PERSPECTIVE; ANNE RASMUSSEN; MATTHEW ISAAC COHEN; UWE U. PATZOLD; PART III GLOBAL CURRENTS AND DISCOURSE; WORLD OF MUSICAL ISLAM; CHARLES CAPWELL; IDIOM AND SONIC SYMBOLS IN INDONESIAN ISLAMIC MUSICAL ARTS; BIRGIT BERG; ON THE MUSIC GROUP, ATH-THAWAF; WIM VAN ZANTEN; PART IV CONTEMPORARY PERFORMATIVE WORLDS; AMONG WOMEN OF WEST ACEH; MARGARET KARTOMI; INDONESIA; R. FRANKI NOTOSUDIRDJO; ANDREW WEINTRAUB; EPILOGUE; JUDITH BECKER; GLOSSARY; INDEXshow more

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