Islam and the Arts
In this section, we present a selection of essays and articles from scholars exploring Islam and the Arts. With expert commentary on the roots of qawwali, the sound of the voice in Qur’anic chant, a closer look at the stories of Dastangoi, and the artistry of Qur’anic calligraphy, explore the arts of the Muslim world.
Each piece features a list of further resources at the end.
The Magical Tale of Hoshruba, a Dastangoi Classic by Musharraf Ali Farooqi
Music and Islam: A Deeper Look by Hussein Rashid, Hofstra University
Notes on Islam and Popular Musical Expression in West Africa, by Ryan Thomas Skinner, Columbia University
The Power of the Word in the Arts of Islam, by Hiromi Lorraine Sakata, UCLA
Qawwali and the Art of Devotional Singing, by Hussein Rashid, Hofstra University
Qawwali: From Sufi Ritual to Commercial Pop, by Hiromi Lorraine Sakata, UCLA
Sama’: Music and the Sufi Mystical Experience, by Bruce Lawrence, Duke University
In Search of Sacred Spaces, by Samina Quraeshi, University of Miami
Sulayman Al-Bassam in the Arab Shakespeare Tradition, by Margaret Litvin, Boston University
Urdu Poetry and the Masnavi Tradition, by Asad ur Rahman, Brooklyn College, CUNY (retired)
The World of Persian Music and Poetry, by Steve Blum, CUNY
Writing the Word of God: Calligraphy and the Qur'an, by Jacqueline Ganem, Asia Society Museum Fellow