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DEVOTIONAL MUSIC. The most characteristic sounds of devotional expression in Muslim communities may be the call to prayer (adhan) and the recitation of the Qur'an (qira'ah al-Qur'an). Neither of these is considered by Muslims to be music; rather, they are texts that are delivered and sometimes amplified or enhanced using selected musical devices, which are always subordinate to the text. In Middle Eastern Muslim communities, these sounds are familiar to almost everyone. The call to prayer is ...more

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