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Nocturnal Music in the Land of the Sufis

Unheard Pakistan
Jürgen Wasim Frembgen

In Nocturnal Music in the Land of the Sufis, Jürgen Wasim Frembgen takes the reader along on his fascinating journeys into the world of mystic music in Pakistan. In rich descriptions, he relates his personal experiences and emotions during ecstatic nights of transcendental music at Sufi shrines. He also recounts trance rituals and the sublime rapture of classical music in private music rooms in Lahore. In his ethnographic narrative, he unfolds authentic cultural contexts and life-worlds in which music is deeply embedded, tracing how music is perceived and ‘tasted’ by listeners. He himself listens with all his senses, above all with the ‘ear of the heart’, to the nuances in sounds which seek to remove the veils between man and God. Thus, he experiences spirituality and discovers the enormous power of music in the land of the Sufis – experiences and discoveries that he shares with the reader in this volume.

Author Description

Jürgen Wasim Frembgen is Chief Curator of the Oriental Department at the Museum of Ethnology in Munich, as well as Professor in Islamic Studies at the University of Munich. Since 1981, he has been teaching Anthropology and Islamic Studies at different universities in Germany; in addition he has been a visiting professor at the Quaid-i-Azam University in Islamabad (National Institute of Pakistan Studies), National College of Arts in Lahore, and Ohio State University in Columbus, USA. He has conducted ethnographic field work in Pakistan on an annual basis since 1981, including working in the Hunza and Nagar valleys, the Indus Kohistan, Punjab, and Sindh.

He has more than a hundred English and German language publications to his credit. With Oxford University Press he has published The Friends of God—Sufi Saints in Islam: Popular Poster Art from Pakistan (2006); Journey to God: Sufis and Dervishes in Islam (2008); and At the Shrine of the Red Sufi: Five Days and Nights on Pilgrimage in Pakistan (2011). He has written extensively on cultures of the Eastern Muslim world between Iran and India, focusing particularly on Pakistan. Many of his books and articles deal with Islam, Sufi tradition, veneration of Muslim saints, art and material culture, the anthropology of the body, social outsiders, and facets of popular culture. In addition, he has curated numerous exhibitions dealing with cultures of the Muslim world.

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ISBN 9780199065066
Weight in kg 0.365
Rights World
Year of Publication 2012
Binding Hardback
Pages 168 pages