“Music and Islam” videos online

The talks at the IV UskoMus Symposium, “Music and Islam”, can be found online on the YouTube channel of Music Archive Finland. Check out all of them, or one by one:

Opening by Antti-Ville Kärjä (19 min).

Opening keynote: “The Glocality of Islamic Popular Music” by Ayhan Erol (64 min).

The Transformative Power of Music in Indian Sufism” by Mikko Viitamäki (35 min).

The Movement and Development of Musical Instruments at Early Islamic Age” by Idriss El Thalji (38 min).

Islam, Faith, No-Self and the Ney” by John Millar (41 min).

Closing keynote: “The Awakening of Islamic Pop” by Jonas Otterbeck (73 min).

Closing discussion (52 min).

IV UskoMus Symposium, “Music and Islam”

Cultural Centre Stoa, Helsinki
10 November 2016, 10am–5pm
Followed by general discussion at 6pm and
a concert with Nefes and friends at 7pm


UskoMus will organise its next one-day symposium with the theme ”Music and Islam”, with islamologist Jonas Otterbeck (Lund University) and ethnomusicologist Ayhan Erol (Dokuz Eylül University) as guest speakers. The symposium will be followed by a public discussion and a concert celebrating the 25-year career of the Turkish-Finnish band Nefes, supported by Senegalese Pape Sarr, Rane DialloIsmaila Sane and Ousseynou Mbaye, and with an emphasis on Sufi musical practices.

The symposium is free of charge (lunch not included).

The programme of the symposium is as follows:

10am Opening by Antti-Ville Kärjä
Keynote address by Prof. Ayhan Erol: “The glocality of Islamic popular music: the Turkish case”
1pm Presentations by
Mikko Viitamäki: ”The transformative power of music in Indian Sufism”
Idriss El-Thalji: ”The movement and development of musical instruments at early Islamic age: the case of Kantele”
John Millar: ”A secular but experientially-based glance at the terms Islam, faith, no-self, and the ney – with links to pedagogical innovation”
Coffee break
3pm Keynote address by Prof. Jonas Otterbeck: “The awakening of Islamic pop”
Closing remarks
6pm General discussion and ”fishbowl”
7pm Concert: Nefes – Sufi music (tickets 10/8€)

The language of the symposium is English. The abstracts of the presentations can be found here.

The symposium is organised in collaboration with City of Helsinki Cultural Centre Stoa, Etnosoi! Festival and Global Music Centre, Music Archive JAPA and the Finnish Society for Ethnomusicology.

For further information, please contact uskomus.network@gmail.com.