In this book, a study of the interplay between memory, music, and religion, Earle Waugh opens new areas of thought, particularly regarding a theme that cuts across religious traditions: the role of memory in religious formation. Through rituals of dhikr, or remembrance, the old forms of music and word blend into a new form of worship for today.
Earle H. Waugh is professor emeritus in the Department of Religious Studies and director of the Dimic Research Institute at the University of Alberta. Trained as a historian of religion, Waugh brings a comparative perspective to his studies. One of the world's leading scholars of Muslim religious chanting, particularly within Sufi mystical traditions, Waugh is the author or editor of more than ten books, including The Munshidin of Egypt: Their World and Their Song, published by the University of South Carolina Press in 1989. He is currently working on a book about a reformist Sufi group in Egypt. Waugh continues to lecture widely since his retirement from teaching in 2002 and is often sought out by commentators and journalists for his views on Islam. He lives in Edmonton.
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