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Representations: Music: Iran
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While gender is often considered a primary delimiting factor in Iranian society, historically it has played a relatively minor role in the conceptualization and performance of music. The lullaby is considered a women's genre because of its functional role in child rearing, considered a woman's responsibility. But the lullaby appears to be the exception and music in theory and practice has generally not involved segregating men from women to any significant degree. Though documentation of music goes back hundreds…

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Lucas, Ann, “Representations: Music: Iran”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 02 October 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0630c>
First published online: 2009

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