Parution : Walter Feldman, From Rumi to the Whirling Dervishes. Music, Poetry, and Mysticism in the Ottoman Empire, Edinburgh University Press, 2022
Music, Poetry, and Mysticism in the Ottoman Empire
- Explores the musical tradition linked to the Mevlevi (‘Whirling’) Dervishes and the spiritual legacy of Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi, one of Islam’s greatest mystical poets
- Provides an accessible introduction to the relationship between music and performative elements of Sufi practice codified in the Mevlevi ceremony of sema, illustrated with rare colour images
- Presents the biographies of the principal Mevlevi musicians, showing both their creation of the music of the ayin and their key role in the development of Ottoman court music
- Includes numerous original translations of Turkish verse by major Mevlevi poets
- Presents music examples with explanation, both in the book and freely available on the Aga Khan Music Programme website
Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi, whose life and mystical poetry provided the inspiration for the Mevlevi Sufi order, is one of the world’s best-known poets, yet the centuries-long musical tradition cultivated by the Mevleviye remains much less known. In this deeply researched book, renowned scholar Walter Feldman traces the historical development of Mevlevi music and brings to light the remarkable musical and mystical aesthetics of the Mevlevi ayin – the instrumental and vocal accompaniment to the sublime ceremony of the ‘Whirling’ Dervishes.
Walter Feldman is a leading scholar of both Ottoman Turkish and Jewish music. His major publications include Klezmer: Music, History and Memory (Oxford, 2016) and Music of the Ottoman Court: Makam, Composition, and the Early Ottoman Instrumental Repertoire (Verlag für Wissenschaft und Bildung, 1996). As a lifelong musician, Feldman performs on the Ottoman tanbur and the cimbal—the traditional Klezmer dulcimer. He has held teaching positions at Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania, and New York University Abu Dhabi and is a board member of the Corpus Musicae Ottomanicae Project of the Wilhelm Westphalian University in Münster, and of the Istanbul Research Institute.
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Chargé de diffusion scientifique (2022, 15 décembre). Parution : Walter Feldman, From Rumi to the Whirling Dervishes. Music, Poetry, and Mysticism in the Ottoman Empire, Edinburgh University Press, 2022. IISMM. Consulté le 24 février 2024, à l’adresse https://doi.org/10.58079/q2mq