The Music of Islam Sampler Ten years in the making,
The Music of Islam
recorded in Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, Turkey, Yemen, Pakistan, Indonesia,
Iran and Qatar represents the most comprehensive sound documentation
available to Westerners today, of a world religion dating back to 1/622.
Although governed by strict rules for fourteen centuries, contact with
other cultures has radically affected Islamic music throughout history. As
the world enters the XV/21st century the timing of this collection serves
an even larger purpose, documenting the traditions that have survived and
will continue to survive for centuries to come. Today, one fifth of the
world"s population, one billion people, are Muslims, occupying a large
territory stretching from the Atlantic shore of north and west Africa,
through west, central, and south Asia to island southeast Asia, and
attracting an increasing following in India, western Europe, north America,
east Asia, and southern Africa.
This is a global presence which cannot
be ignored . Nearly 80 minutes playing time, this recording is a
complete representation (sampler) of the series, featuring one selection
from each of the fifteen volumes, seventeen CDs respectively.