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Arvo PärtSounding the Sacred$
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Peter C. Bouteneff, Jeffers Engelhardt, and Robert Saler

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780823289752

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823289752.001.0001

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In the Beginning There Was Sound

In the Beginning There Was Sound

Hearing, Tintinnabuli, and Musical Meaning in Sufism

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(p.232) 14 In the Beginning There Was Sound
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Arvo Pärt
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Sevin Huriye Yaraman

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823289752.003.0014

This paper approaches Arvo Pärt’s tintinnabuli concept as a point of entry into the unity of two seemingly oppositional states that ground human existence and underline the theology of Sufism: separation from God in longing and union with God in joy. Drawing on wide range of primary sources by classical theologians and Islamic mystics such as Ibn al-Arabi, Abu Hamid Al-Ghazali, and Abu Talib al Makki, this paper seeks to locate the theory of longing, the significance of hearing, and, ultimately, the meaning of music in Islamic mysticism. Finally, this chapter identifies a fundamental convergence between the expression of longing in Sufi poetry exemplified by Yunus Emre’s works and Arvo Pärt’s tintinnabuli technique, illuminating a closeness between the theological traditions of Orthodox Christianity and Islam.

Keywords:   Ibn Al-Arabi, Abu Hamid Al-Ghazali, Abu Talib Al Makki, longing, musical meaning, Sufism, tintinnabuli

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