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Beyond the Roof of the WorldMusic, Prayer, and Healing in the Pamir Mountains$
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Benjamin D. Koen

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195367744

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195367744.001.0001

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The Five Factors of Music, Prayer, Health, and Healing

The Five Factors of Music, Prayer, Health, and Healing

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Beyond the Roof of the World

Benjamin D Koen

Oxford University Press

Chapter 2 explicates the five factors of music, medicine, and culture—the physical/biological, psychological, social, emotional, and spiritual dimensions of life that must be factored into human experience to bring about transformation in one or all dimensions; builds upon the quantum theories of Planck, Einstein, and Heisenberg, to explore the culture-specific, culture-transcendent and potentially universal aspects of these factors, focusing on the history and culture of Badakhshan Tajikistan and emphasizing the role of a mystical orientation to life, the spiritual power of baraka, the practices of samâ‘ and zekr, prayer, meditation, the Persian language, and maddâh poetry play in the process of devotional musical healing. The chapter also explores collaborative and integrative research where physiological experiments can form part of ethnographic research, and ethnographic research inform experimental health science research and practice.

Keywords:   physical, biological, psychological, social, emotional, spiritual, prayer, meditation, baraka, Persian language, maddâh

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