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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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The Shaykh and the Mūlū‘

The Shaykh and the Mūlū‘

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The Lost Paradise

Jonathan Glasser

University of Chicago Press

This chapter maps the two central positions by which practitioners approach Andalusi music: the shaykh or musical master, and the mulū' or devotee. The relationship of shaykh to shaykh over time is what makes Andalusi music an embodied genealogical practice. Yet when we start to think about the figure of the shaykh in relation to the figure of the mulū', several elements of ambiguity come to the fore regarding the flow of musical authority and the contours of musical community over time. By considering the relationship between shaykh and mulū' alternately as one of patronage, pedagogy, and discipleship, this chapter teases out longstanding tropes regarding social class, genre boundaries, and transmission that are buried within practitioners' notions of genealogical authority. As a key element of a long-lasting participant framework, the relationship of shaykh to mulū' is central to the dialectic of rupture and continuity that helps animate the the Andalusi musical project.

Keywords:   subjectivity, genealogy, participant frameworks, circulation, gift, amateurs, patronage, artisans, apprenticeship, discipleship

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