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Ambient Sufism: Ritual Niches and the Social Work of Musical Form

Richard C. Jankowsky


Ambient Sufism is a study of the intertwined musical lives of several ritual communities in Tunisia that invoke the healing powers of long-deceased Muslim saints through music-driven trance ceremonies. It illuminates the virtually undocumented role of women and minorities in shaping the ritual musical landscape of the region, with chapters covering men’s Sufism (‘Isawiyya, Shadhuliyya, Tijaniyya), women’s Sufism (Mannubiyya, Tijaniyya al-Nisa’), the trance healing musics of black Tunisians (stambeli) and Tunisian Jews (rebaybiyya), the popular music genre associated with drinking parties of ur ... More

Keywords: music, Sufism, saints, trance, minorities, ritual, Islam, Judaism, Tunisia, ethnomusicology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780226723334
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226723501.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard C. Jankowsky, author
Tufts University