Michael Frishkopf

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Michael Frishkopf Associate Professor Department of Music, Faculty of Arts University of Alberta 3-82 Fine Arts Building Edmonton, AB T6G 2C9 CANADA michaelf@ualberta.ca (780) 492-0670

Michael Frishkopf, Associate Professor of Music at the University of Alberta, is a graduate of Yale College (BS Mathematics, 1984), Tufts University (MA Ethnomusicology, 1989), and University of California, Los Angeles (Ph.D. Music, 1999). Dr. Frishkopf’s current research interests include the music industry in the Arab world; Islamic ritual performance; Sufism; music in West Africa; the sociology of musical taste; social network theory; scientometrics; and algorithmic music recognition. He has performed fieldwork in Egypt and in Ghana.


Publications: Papers: “Qur’anic recitation and the sonic contestation of Islam in contemporary Egypt ” to appear in Music and the Play of Power in the Middle East (Ashgate, 2004) “Spiritual Kinship and Globalization”, in Religious Studies and Theology v. 22 #1 (2003) “Authorship in Sufi Poetry”, in Alif: Journal of Comparative Poetics, #23: Intersections: Literature and the Sacred (2003) “Some Meanings of the Spanish Tinge in Contemporary Egyptian music”, in Mediterranean Mosaic, edited by Goffredo Plastino (in the series entitled Perspectives on Global Pop, edited by Gage Averill; Routledge Publishing) (2002). “Musical transformations of time”. Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on Human Interface Technology, the University of Aizu, Japan (2002). “Changing modalities in the globalization of Islamic saint veneration and mysticism: Sidi Ibrahim al-Dasuqi, Shaykh Muhammad ‘Uthman al-Burhani, and their Sufi Orders”. Religious Studies and Theology, v. 20 nos. 1 & 2(2001). “Tarab in the Mystic Sufi Chant of Egypt ”. In: Colors of Enchantment: Visual and Performing Arts of the Middle East , edited by Sherifa Zuhur. American University in Cairo Press, 2001. “Inshad Dini and Aghani Diniyya in 20th c Egypt : a review of styles, genres, and available recordings”. Bulletin of the Middle East Studies Association, Winter 2001. (Arabic translation: Wijhat Nazar (Viewpoints), #35, vol. #3, December 2001, under the title: “al-inshad al-dini wa al-aghani al-diniyya fi masr al-qarn al-‘ishrin”, pp. 68-72. Cairo : Egyptian Company for Arab and International Publication.) “Shaykh Yasin al-Tuhami: A typical layla performance”, Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, vol. 6 (2002). “al-Inshad al-Dini (Islamic religious singing) in Egypt ”, Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, vol. 6 (2002). “The Magic of the Sufi Inshad: Sheikh Yasin al-Tuhami” (compact disc liner notes). Paris: Long Distance, Real World Works, 1998. (with Mina Rad) “Shaykh Yasin al-Tuhami. Un monument incontournable”, Le Monde de la musique, supplément: Le festival d’automne célèbre l’année France-Egypte 213,5. Reviews: The Yemen Tihama: trance & dance music from the Red Sea coast of Arabia , International Music Collection of the British Library National Sound Archive. Topic World Series, Topic Records Ltd. TSCD920. (CD review). In Asian Music. (1) Soufis d'algerie: Mostaganem/Algeria: The Sufis of Mostaganem. 2003. Prophet Collection 31. Philips 472 503-2; (2) Chant soufi de Syrie: Dhikr Qadiri Khalwati de la Zawiya Hilaliya, Alep /Sufi chanting from Syria : Dhikr Qadiri Khalwati of the Zawiya Hilaliya, Aleppo . 2002. Maison des Cultures du Monde, Inedit W 260109. (3) Maroc: L'art du sama' a Fes/Morocco: The Art of Sama' in Fez . 2002. Disques VDE-GALLO, VDE CD-1104. (CD reviews). In Yearbook of the International Council for Traditional Music. Review of Asmahan’s Secrets: Woman, War, and Song (No. 13 in the Middle East Monograph Series ( Austin: UT Center for Middle Eastern Studies, 2000), by Sherifa Zuhur), International Journal of Middle East Studies (fall 2002).

Dissertation: Sufism, Ritual, and Modernity in Egypt: Language Performance as an Adaptive Strategy

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Canadian Centre for Ethnomusicology FolkwaysAlive FolkwaysAlive wiki Society for Arab Music Research (SAMR - ????) SAMR wiki Documentary videos for teaching ethnomusicology Documentary videos for teaching ethnomusicology wiki Mohamed Fawzy Association On musical acoustics and drumming

ARCE conference, May 19-20 2004: Music and Television in Egypt Call for papers Conference program (Word format)