Outline of music in Arab-Islamic civilization

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Six factors shaping Arab Islamicate music through history: (after Dr. Jihad Racy)

  • Contact with Assimilated Cultures, through Islamic expansion

(especially musical traditions of Persia, Egypt, Syria, Mesopotamia, Byzantium)

  • Contact with the Classical Past (ancient Greece), through Bayt al-Hikma translation movement (Abbasid era)
  • Contact with the Medieval West (crusades, Andalusia)
  • Rule of Ottoman Turks over most of the Arab world (1517-1917)
  • Contact with the Modern West (1798 - present)
  • Influence of mass media and globalization
    • Recording
    • Film
    • Radio
    • TV