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Persian Writing on Music: A study of Persian musical literature from 1000 to 1500 AD
Uppsala University, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Languages, Department of Linguistics and Philology.
2005 (English)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This dissertation is an attempt to understand and map the development of Persian writings on music, focusing on their various approaches and variations of topics from the beginning of the 11th century to the end of the 15th century which can be called the classical period of Persian writing on music.

The rise of Persian musical literature as a part of Persian learned literature was a result of the political and cultural decentralization of the Abbasid Caliphate. Like most other genres of learned literature in Persian, translation and abridgements of and commentaries (šarhs) on Arabic works played a crucial role in the rise and es-tablishment of Persian musical literature.

The most important conclusions to be drawn from the present study are that we can distinguish between two main approaches in Persian writings on music, viz the religious and non-religious approaches, and that there is a pattern in the development of Persian writings on music which provides us with a periodization of the develop-ment of this literary genre. According to the macro periodization of Persian writings on music which is presented in this study, we can identify five different stages in the development of the genre; 1) the initial period: ca 1000-1110; the first intermezzo: ca 1110 up to 1175; 3) the period of establishment: ca 1175-1299; 4) the first Golden Age of the genre: ca 1300-1435; 5) the second intermezzo: ca 1435-1500.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis , 2005. , p. 268
Series
Studia Iranica Upsaliensia, ISSN 1100-326X ; 8
Keywords [en]
Iranian languages, Persian literature, writings on music, religious and non-religious approaches, music theory, samā‘, topic, periodization
Keywords [sv]
Iranska språk - allmänt
Research subject
Iranian Languages
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-5864ISBN: 91-554-6219-7 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-5864DiVA, id: diva2:166659
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2005-06-03, Geijersalen (6-1023), Humanistiskt centrum, Engelska parken, Uppsala, 10:15
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