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Maqam
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An autochthonous Arabic compositional technique, which gained a foothold in the urban centers of the entire Islamic world and also found its way into the musical practice of the Jews who lived there. The most comprehensive “maqamization” of the repertoire occurred among the Sephardic Jews in the Ottoman Empire. In the 16th century, under the influence of speculative mysticism, they first associated their religious hymns (piyyutim) for paraliturgical occasions with the Ottoman Tu…

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Seroussi, Edwin, “Maqam”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online, Original German Language Edition: Enzyklopädie Jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur. Im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig herausgegeben von Dan Diner. © J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart/Springer-Verlag GmbH Deutschland 2011–2017. Consulted online on 24 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_0512>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20210312



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