You are invited to attend
an international weekend conference on Arabic and Hebrew
strophic poetry and its Romance parallels.
Friday 5 October
Ά The song form known as the muwashshah has a 1,000-year history in and around the Mediterranean basin. It originated in Andalus, where it was cultivated by both Arabic and Jewish poets and musicians. It enjoyed cult status in its time. Nowadays the muwashshah continues as a widely-enjoyed musical form throughout the Arab world, still preserving forms which go back to its Andalusi origins.
Ά The muwashshah and its associated verse-form, the zajal, had an important and largely undocumented influence on the forms of poetry and song in the Christian West. To some extent this has been examined in academic research on the kharjas of the muwashshahāt. Other aspects, however, have remained as unexplored territory.
Ά The purpose of our conference is to open new
ground in these areas of research, and to examine a range of issues ranging
from historical origins to present performance practices of the muwashshah
in countries of North Africa and the Middle East, among both Arab and Jewish practitioners.
For this years conference we are particularly interested in cultural
crossovers and transmissions between al-Andalus and early
Our panel of speakers will include participants of the
Ά Edited proceedings of the 2004 SOAS conference have now been published in book form. The book can be ordered via this link .
Registration and further details from muwashshah @ soas.ac.uk
or by post to:
Conference organised with the support of the
and the AHRC Research Centre for Cross-Cultural Music and Dance Performance
Website: Universitas adversitatis
Last updated: 18.vi.09