By Anne Rasmussen
Girls, the Recited Qur'an, and Islamic song in modern Indonesia takes readers to the guts of non secular musical praxis in Indonesia, domestic to the most important Muslim inhabitants on the earth. Anne okay. Rasmussen explores a wealthy public soundscape, the place girls recite the divine texts of the Qur'an, and the place a rare variety of Arab-influenced Islamic musical kinds and genres, additionally played by way of girls, thrives. according to specific and revealing ethnographic learn starting on the finish of Suharto's "New Order" and carrying on with into the period of "Reformation," the booklet considers the strong position of tune within the expression of spiritual nationalism. specifically, it makes a speciality of musical variety, women's roles, and the ideological and aesthetic matters raised by way of the Indonesian form of recitation.
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With these distinctions carefully respected, however, this book describes a world in which qur’anic recitation and “musical” performance (both vocal and instrumental) exist side by side and are sometimes made by and for the same actors. Additionally, this discourse on music— including musical styles, repertoires, performers (male and female), instruments, and contexts—is explicitly connected to the exploration and expression of multiple Islamic identities in contemporary Indonesia. Readers interested in the performing arts of the Muslim Middle East and Asia will recognize that this is not an original scenario; the Muslim world is replete with musics that are related to religious ideology and praxis.
Through conversion to Islam, music and related arts were adapted to Islamic ideology and practice in the Javanese coastal areas such as Demak and Cirebon, as well as in the important courtly centers of Yogyakarta and Surakarta, which were established in the seventeenth century. The largest of the Javanese gamelan ensembles includes two full sets of instruments for the two tuning systems slendro and pelog. , the distance between C and D#). While slendro and pelog scales are found consistently throughout Indonesia, the exact tuning of these scales, including the tonic note and the intervals themselves, varies, even from Introduction: Setting the Scene 13 ensemble to ensemble within the same city, comprising a completely unique approach to tuning and temperament.
As I describe in chapter 6, the voices and the bodies of women are not a source of shame, and the permissibility of participation is not conditioned by deemphasizing their femininity, as may be the case in other cultural contexts where women act as and work alongside men. Muslim women in Indonesia need not hide or constrain their appearance, nor must they imitate male dress. Long dresses or flowing pants and contoured tunics are complemented by matching head scarves that are folded and pinned in an array of styles.