Title Page, Copyright

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pp. iii-iv

CONTENTS

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p. v

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

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pp. vii-viii

When Dr. Harold Coward and I discussed the idea for a book project on religion and music one evening during the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion in New Orleans in 1996, we were both aware that it would break new ground. Yet it is largely due to his initiative...

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INTRODUCTION

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pp. 1-27

Before embarking on this project, I spent many years observing a wide variety of religious traditions and noting the use of chant and music in each as part of public and private religious practice. Throughout America and Europe, I attended services at Christian churches and cathedrals, Jewish temples and synagogues, Islamic mosques, Sufi centres, meeting...

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1: JUDAISM AND MUSIC

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pp. 29-59

The study of Judaism and music has often been relegated to the periphery of Western music history, which tends to favour theory and consequently has given credit to the Greeks as its primary predecessors. Ancient Greek music is no longer extant, however, and current studies have shown that the Hebrew Bible has been transmitted and received for...

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2: CHRISTIANITY AND MUSIC

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pp. 61-88

From the origins of the Christian religion, music has been integral to the common life of its believers. Any description of Christian musical practice, however, must take into account the wide range of the Christian experience, which ranges across twenty centuries and among dramatically diverse cultures throughout the world. It must seek to do justice to...

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3: ISLAM AND MUSIC

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pp. 89-111

Muslims, like Jews and Christians, are a “people of the book” (ahl-alkitah). Their scripture, the Qur’Ån (Koran), contains the word of God. His divine message was revealed to the Prophet Muæammad, who is also called the Messenger of God. The Muslim creed encapsulates this...

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4: HINDUISM AND MUSIC

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pp. 113-139

Religious chant and music occupy a central position in the heritage of Hindu religion. Unlike some traditions that have considered music as a secular or profane art, the relationship between music and the sacred in Hinduism holds no ambiguity. Encompassing a broad spectrum from...

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5: SIKHISM AND MUSIC

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pp. 141-167

The sacred music of the Sikhs is the heart of their devotional experience. It is commonly referred to as Gurmat Sangit or “music in the Guru’s view.” To understand the centrality of devotional singing (kirtan) in the Sikh tradition, it is necessary to place the inquiry in the historical context of the sixteenth century...

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6: BUDDHISM AND MUSIC

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pp. 169-189

The term “Buddhism” describes a set of religious traditions that have developed across Asia and parts of the rest of the world over the past 2,500 years, originating with Siddhartha Gautama (ca. 563 to 483 BCE), who was revered as the Buddha—the enlightened or awakened one—by...

GLOSSARY

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pp. 191-194

CD TRACK LISTING

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pp. 195-199

CONTRIBUTORS

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pp. 201-203

DISCOGRAPHY

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pp. 205-210

INDEX

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pp. 211-222