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Islamic and Jewish musical intersections through history

Islam and Judaism, both historically classified as Semitic people, share a common origin in the Middle East.


Islamic–Jewish relations started in the 7th century AD with the origin and spread of Islam in the Arabian Peninsula.

The two religions share similar values, guidelines and principles.

Thanks to this similarity, as well as through the influence of Muslim culture and philosophy on the Jewish community within the Islamic world, there has been considerable and continued physical, theological, political and cultural overlap between the two faiths in the subsequent 1,400 year.


In this workshop we will focus on the musical connections, influences and similarities between the two religions throughout history.

We will learn about and explore through active participation - the typical scales, rhythms and performance-styles.

We will be presented by old as well as new Arabic and Jewish music samples and witness how the artistic principals are implied, then and now.

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