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The Feeling of HistoryIslam, Romanticism, and Andalusia$
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Charles Hirschkind

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780226746814

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226747002.001.0001

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Sounding Out the Past

Sounding Out the Past

(p.100) Chapter 3 Sounding Out the Past
The Feeling of History

Charles Hirschkind

University of Chicago Press

The historical sensibilities that undergird the andalucista tradition are profoundly musical. Flamenco music affords Andalucismo the aesthetic tools for the honing of a unique epistemic attitude, one attuned to the subtle yet pervasive presence of an inherited medieval world and its thematization as an important condition of contemporary social and political life. Within the sensory-emotional opening afforded by flamenco’s sonic palette, andalucistas find the possibility to feel and think across the divides separating al-Andalus and Andalucía, the Middle East with Europe, a style of reflection unsustainable within the dominant epistemological frames that constitute modern Spain as an integral part of a broader European civilization. This chapter begins with a discussion of flamenco, as the principle genre through which andalucistas have come to discern the presence of the medieval past, and then shifts to an ethnographic exploration of what is called Arabo-Andalusi music, examined through the lives of some of its contemporary practitioners. Overall, the chapter can be seen as a reflection on music as a historical medium.

Keywords:   Flamenco, epistemology, sensibilities, Arabo-Andalusi music, aesthetics, Andalucismo

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