Ten years in the making, The Music of Islam series recorded in Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, Turkey, Yemen, Pakistan, Indonesia, Iran and Qatar represents the most comprehensive sound documentation available to Westerners today, of a world religion dating back to 1/622. Although governed by strict rules for fourteen centuries, contact with other cultures has radically affected Islamic music throughout history. As the world enters the 21st century the timing of this collection serves an even larger purpose, documenting the traditions that have survived and will continue to survive for centuries to come. Today, one fifth of the world's population, one billion people, are Muslims, occupying a large territory stretching from the Atlantic shore of north and west Africa, through west, central, and south Asia to island southeast Asia, and attracting an increasing following in India, western Europe, north America, east Asia, and southern Africa. This is a global presence which cannot be ignored. Nearly 80 minutes playing time, this recording is a complete representation (sampler) of the series, featuring one selection from each of the fifteen volumes, seventeen CDs respectively. Celestial Harmonies, Audio CD: Number of Discs: 1.
great introduction to the wide range of musical styles in the Islamic world. The booklet insert, which has a lot of history on the subject, includes a map with a brush stroke from Morocco and Southern Spain to Indonesia, visually showing what a large part of the world it occupies
Audio CD (December 2,