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Restoring the Values of the Past: Creating A School of Music in Tajikistan.
In this talk Otambek Mastibekov will share why he felt compelled to establish a music school in Tajikistan that focused on the teaching and promotion of madḥiya-khānī, the devotional songs and music of the Badakhshani/Pamiri Ismaili Muslims.

Madḥiya is a poetic genre in Persian and Arabic literature. For the Ismaili Muslims of the Silk Road: Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Western China and Northern Pakistan, madḥiya is devotional singing that embodies the art of music, religion, philosophy and ethics. Known in the region as madḥiya-khānī (singing madḥiya) or qaṣīda-khānī (singing qaṣīda), its origin goes back, according to tradition, to the 11th century poet, philosopher and traveller Nāṣir Khusraw (1004-1088 CE). 

Dr Mastibekov will explore how components of religious and cultural values were lost during the Soviet period in Tajikistan and the role of the music school in restoring these values. He will share the challenges involved in establishing the school, of recovering knowledge related to this historical musical tradition as well as learning about the origin of Badakhshani musical instruments. Dr Mastibekov will share stories and video clips of the students at the music school and his plans and hopes for its future. Finally, he will touch upon the history of madḥiya literature and the manuscript preservation and analysis work at the Ismaili Special Collection unit at The Institute of Ismaili Studies.

'The Silk Road: A Living History' talks are a collaboration between Aga Khan Foundation UK, Aga Khan University – Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations and The Institute of The Ismaili Studies.

Jun 2, 2021 02:00 PM in London

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