Worship and Music - Ethnomusicology
Master of Arts (MA)
arts, ethnomusicology, Middle East, music, musicology, outreach
Ethnic Studies | Ethnomusicology | Music | Near Eastern Languages and Societies
Clark, Matthias, "Arts Outreach in the Middle East" (2014). Masters Theses. 316.
After centuries of debate and discussion regarding the value and appropriateness of arts in the Middle East, specifically music, many indigenous people have recently pursued active roles in championing indigenous and international arts toward social reform, identity formation, and spiritual development. This shift in use and function of the arts has been reflected in some groundbreaking attempts of using arts in contextualized forms that have impacted spiritual communities. This study is designed to compare two specific case studies that exemplify these shifts: the "School of Worship and Music" and the "Creative Center". These organizations will be analyzed and compared in order to discover the ways that music is used in their outreach practices to outside members of their local and regional communities. Finally, this study will offer suggestions regarding future approaches to arts and outreach within Middle Eastern culture.