Middle Eastern Music Essay

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When I was a young child in elementary school I had a friend, Basheer, who was part of a family who were recent immigrants from the middle east. They left their native home to escape prosecution against their sufi minority status in a sunni-dominant area. One of my fondest memories I had while visiting Basheer 's home involved some of the religious practices his family engaged in, which was entirely new to me at the time. I found their customs, fresh from their homeland as they were recently assimilating, very interesting and eye-opening. The only point of reference I had to Islam, and the greater Arabic and central asian culture in general, came from some pretty biased television and news reports.
I used to spent alot of time at his
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Most of Northern Africa, certain areas in the Caucasus and Central Asia, and a majority of South Asia share significant aspects of Middle Eastern culture. it is highly likely, and widely speculated, that musical styles traveled the same routes as trade goods, Art and musical instruments among them. Many stringed instruments originate from the middle east. one of the earliest stringed instrument, the oud, is thousands of years old. L led to the development of many other stringed instruments . The Eurasian silk road played a huge part in the communication and diversification of the surrounding societies, the middle east among …show more content…
These problems are widespread in the region, but aren 't the norm as many might think. many nation 's borders in the Middle Eastern were drawn by colonial powers without considering ethnic boundaries; for instance, Iraq consists of opposing Sunni and Shi 'ite muslim Arabic populations along with Kurds, all with historical tensions. These tensions, along with many other issues such as regional power vacuums, lead to the growth of radical terrorist groups. Recently, the most well known of these groups have been ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. ISIS has used modern media to spread their radical form of Islam, releasing music Middle eastern music is a very majestic family of sounds, atmosphere, culture and tradition. the instruments are diverse and quite distinct. the body of the music of most islamic music is in percussion and vocalisation, through chanting. The drums a very physical listening experience. the human breath is of vital symbolic importance to many Sufis, represented by their heavy preference on percussion instruments. Vocalisation is about as, to many even more, important than percussion to islamic worship. Chanting is a central part of worship, with spiritual leader directly calling out both to Allah as well as surrounding muslims to gather to praise him. Slightly less vital are string and wind instruments, which provide a majority of the melody

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