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Women, the Recited Qur'an, and Islamic Music in Indonesia

Anne Rasmussen


This book takes readers to the heart of religious musical praxis in Indonesia, home to the largest Muslim population in the world. The author explores a rich public soundscape, where women recite the divine texts of the Qur'an, and where an extraordinary diversity of Arab-influenced Islamic musical styles and genres, also performed by women, flourishes. Based on ethnographic research beginning at the end of Suharto's “New Order” and continuing into the era of “Reformation,” the book considers the powerful role of music in the expression of religious nationalism. In particular, it focuses on mu ... More

Keywords: religious musical praxis, Indonesia, public soundscape, women, divine texts, Qur'an, Islamic musical styles, Suharto, religious nationalism, musical style

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780520255487
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520255487.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anne Rasmussen, author