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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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Conclusion: The Lost

Conclusion: The Lost

(p.233) Conclusion: The Lost
The Lost Paradise

Jonathan Glasser

University of Chicago Press

This chapter returns to some of the broad questions that thread their way through the book by attending to the problem of the lost. For many Andalusi musical practitioners, the idea of lost or nearly lost repertoire is a central motivation for the project of revival. This chapter argues that the lost is best understood as a way of conceptualizing the notion of embodied patrimony and the dilemmas regarding circulation, value, authority, display, difference, and futurity that it introduces. Through a revisiting of the ways in which "the lost" has emerged throughout the book, the concluding chapter presents this concept as central to the aesthetic and ethos of Andalusi musical practice, even as its mainstream understanding is contested in some quarters. In this sense, "the lost" is a core metapragmatic frame, a way for Andalusi music performers and listeners to talk about their practice as a practice from within.

Keywords:   hoarding, the lost, value, difference, circulation, historicity, temporality, capital, genealogy, patrimony

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