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The Lost ParadiseAndalusi Music in Urban North Africa$
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Jonathan Glasser

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780226327068

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226327372.001.0001

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Prologue: An Istikhbār

Prologue: An Istikhbār

(p.23) Prologue: An Istikhbār
The Lost Paradise

Jonathan Glasser

University of Chicago Press

This prologue describes a contemporary scene of performance in order to evoke some of the aesthetic of Andalusi music and to launch into the key questions of the subsequent three chapters. By way of a vivid description of a public performance of a beloved poem in the setting of an Andalusi music festival, this prologue introduces the intertwined questions of place, people, and genre that are central to the notion of Andalusi musical practitioners as a social formation. It lays out the problem of how to make sense of the connections between Andalusi musical origin narratives, the genre's contemporary geography, relationships of transmission and authority, and the genre's relationship to the wider sonic landscape.

Keywords:   place, personhood, genre, performance, istikhbār

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