Ch 8 - Hanifa Ayunisa Chapter 8 MU 111 3 Because the Islamic Call to Pray and Jewish Biblical cantillation clearly have music characteristics why

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Hanifa Ayunisa Chapter 8 MU 111 March 24, 2011 3. Because the Islamic Call to Pray and Jewish Biblical cantillation clearly have music characteristics, why are they not considered “music” or “singing”? Call to pray sounds like music because the manner of delivery takes on characteristics of melody, and the set of pitches used is normally characteristic of a musical mode, a term denoting not just a scale but typical melodic pattern as well. However, Islamic Call to pray is not considered to be music because it is an essential call for Muslims to pray; it develops as a reminder to the faithful to fulfill obligation. Call to pray is also called adhan, and it is delivered five times a day. The purpose of the call is to communicate a specific message and Islam also discourages the use of the sensual arts, the call consists essentially of spoken words. So, to the Muslims, call to pray is considered to be “non-music” and unsensuous. Jewish cantillation, called nusach, is an oral tradition, though some scholars have attempted to
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Ch 8 - Hanifa Ayunisa Chapter 8 MU 111 3 Because the Islamic Call to Pray and Jewish Biblical cantillation clearly have music characteristics why

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