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Razia Sultanova (Ed.)

Sacred Knowledge: Schools or revelation?

Master-Apprentice System of Oral Transmission in the music of the Turkic Speaking world


The articles in this book, written by outstanding scholars, together build a theory, concept and practical model of a significant training system of the oral musical tradition of the Turkic speaking world. The culture under discussion, spreading from south Siberia to the Mediterranean, comprises the art and music of numerous different ethnicities. Much music within this vast area is based on the phenomenon of oral transmission and the distinctive settings of the master-apprentice relationship. Today, at a time of globalization and the concomitant loss of cultural identity for many countries, research and documentation on performance in oral learning traditions can help to identify key issues of performance phenomena and allow a better understanding of the vast and increasingly important Turkic speaking world to emerge. It was the main subject of the International Workshop and the Conference held in 2006 under the auspices of the School of Oriental and African studies, University of London, initiated and organized by Dr Razia Sultanova during her time there.


Dr Razia Sultanova is a Fellow of Cambridge Central Asia Forum, University of Cambridge. Her primary areas of research are Central Asian music, Islam and music, gender and music and endangered music of oral tradition


Table of Contents:




1. Valentina Suzukei: Learning Traditional Music in Tuva: Historical Problems and Contemporary Solutions               


2. Alexander Knapp: Learning to Chant the Bible in the Bukharan-Jewish Tradition                                                                    


3. Fattakh Khalig-zade: Training system in Azerbaijani Ashig music tradition                                                                          


4. Razia Sultanova Master–Apprentice (Usto-Shogird) training system in the Ferghana musical tradition                               


5. Giovanni De Zorzi: The role and training system of Ney (flute) performance in the Mevlevîye Sufi brotherhood under the Ottoman Empire                                                                         


6. Janos Sipos: Teaching methods of the Turkish Bektashi community in music and music related activities  


7. Feza Tansug: The Master-Apprentice Relationship and Aural Transmission among Turkish Minstrels (Aşıks)            


8. Dorit Klebe: Learning to play the Saz: Aspects of the Usta-Çırak (master-apprentice) system in Turkey and among the Turkish Community in Germany                                     


9.  Galina Sytchenko: A Comparison of Oral Transmission of Epic and Shamanic Traditions amongst Turkic Peoples in Southern Siberia                                                                                     

10. Saida Elemanova: A Brief Comparative History of Musical Shamanism and a contemporary Kazakh example: Galiya Kasymova’s Phenomenon                                                   


Product Details


    * Paperback: 124 pages

    * Publisher: LAP Lambert Academic Publishing (October 13, 2009)

    * Language: English

    * ISBN-10: 3838315588

    * ISBN-13: 978-3838315584


Price:          $87.00

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