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Workshop M2: Intro to Forms & Functions of Music in Islam
Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California
Oakland, CA
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Workshop M2: Intro to Forms & Functions of Music in Islam
Workshop Code: M2
Workshop Title: Intro to Forms & Functions of Music in Islam

This workshop will familiarize you with Islamic devotional and ceremonial music, including Qur'anic recitation and Sufi and ceremonial chanting, which occupy an important space in Islamic worship rituals and religious celebrations.  You will learn the different musical forms in Islam and their function in religious practice. You will learn to sing excerpts from  the most prominent and common chants and songs.  Musicians will be present to allow you to experience the music live.

Instructor:  Rana Mroue
Ticket Price:  $20 online / $25 at the door
Date:  Saturday, November 10, 2012
Time:  3:30 PM  5:30 PM (2 hours)

Materials provided by Zawaya:  Music and sound system

Materials you need to bring:  None

About the Instructor:  Rana Mroue is from Lebanon and is a post-doctoral scholar/researcher at UCSF, working in the field of radiation oncology.  Rana moved to California in 2005 to pursue her graduate studies at UC Berkeley in biochemistry and cell biology, and has been a lead solo at Aswat, the Bay Area's premier Arab music ensemble, since 2007.  Currently, she is also the choir's vocal trainer at Aswat.  An Arab music enthusiast, she is virtually a walking encyclopedia of Arab music.


This workshop is but one of 34 workshops that are part of a larger event called "Doorway to Islamic Civilization:  Hands-On Workshops on Islamic Art & Culture".  To see the complete list of workshops offered, please visit:


Islamic civilization boasts an intellectual, artistic, and cultural heritage that spans continents and centuries.   The gradations of shape, color, taste, texture, and sound that exist within and between Muslim peoples and cultures are as rich and diverse as their ideas and attitudes, as well as their languages, races, and ethnicities.  Out of this fertile and potent mix of elements emerged artforms and practices that can enrich and beautify our lives.

Zawaya thus launches an original event:  "Doorway to Islamic Civilization", a weekend collection of hands-on workshops on Islamic art and culture set against the current social backdrop of Islamophobia.  These workshops are meant to give those interested the opportunity to get to know Islam and Muslims by providing a safe space within which to explore and experience the Islamic sense of beauty embodied in art, crafts, music, architecture, and more.  In addition to the workshops, there will be a film showing of "Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World" followed by a panel discussion between the filmmaker, Michael Wolfe, and Islamic art and architecture experts.  The Mevlevi Order of America will also be present to offer a Dhikr (a devotional act) by Mevlevi musicians and dervish turners.

This event is co-sponsored by The Afghan Coalition, The Arab Cultural and Community Center of San Francisco (ACCC), Arab Resource and Organizing Center (AROC), Aslan Media, The Center for Islamic Studies at GTU in Berkeley,  Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA), Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights (CLUE CA), Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California (ICCNC), Islamic Network Group (ING), and Ziya Art Studio.


Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California (View)
1433 Madison St.
Oakland, CA 94612
United States


Arts > Performance
Music > Spiritual
Other > Spiritual

Minimum Age: 17
Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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