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The generally accepted biography of the famous Cordovan musician and composer, Alī b. Nāfi‛ Ziryāb (d. 242/857), contains evident problems of chronology and content and is based almost entirely upon one source, al-Maqqarī's Nafḣ al- ⃛īb min ghu⋅n al-Andalus al-ratīb, written in the...
The Maronite Church is a branch of the Syro-Antiochean Church and one of the oldest among the Eastern churches. Modernisation, globalisation, emigration, civil war and other factors have together influenced many aspects of local religious expression, but the Maronite Church has succeeded in...
Jābir ibn Ḣayyān took advantage of the vast translation enterprise of Greek scientific works into Arabic. He quotes from these sources, including several whose Greek originals are lost. His works can be likened to the encyclopedia of Ikhwān al-Ṡafā’, the most important transmission of...
This article discusses the evidence, mainly ethno-historical, for music and dance in the Canary Islands prior to the incorporation of the archipelago in the Crown of Castile during the fifteenth century. The survival of essential elements of pre-Hispanic music and dance is noted in some...
In recent decades more and more musical ensembles have begun performing “historicised” versions of medieval Arabo-Andalusian music. The impulse to produce such re-creations of medieval musical practices has come almost entirely from Western musicians and scholars influenced by the aesthetics of...
The collection of Cantigas de Santa Maria compiled by Alfonso X (el Sabio) (r. 1221–1284) is a gold mine of musical information; unfortunately, however, much fool's gold has also been found amongst its pages. The CSM have been argued to provide evidence that their music derives from plainchant...
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