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Divine InspirationsMusic and Islam in Indonesias$
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David Harnish and Anne Rasmussen

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195385410

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195385410.001.0001

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The World of Islam in the Music of Indonesia

(p.5) Introduction
Divine Inspirations

David D. Harnish

Anne K. Rasmussen

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter discusses the development of music and Islam in Indonesia. Music has played a central role in religious ritual in historic Indonesia and was often used as a vehicle to empower rulers and to spread knowledge and ideology. Islam has been an inspiration for music associated with courtly arts, folk music, and popular music for centuries, but there has been a marked increase in popularity of Islam-inspired forms of various sorts in the 21st century. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords:   Indonesian culture, Islam, music culture, Muslim, popular music

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