Sufis and Jews: A Shared Musical Tradition

Posted on February 5, 2011


The Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lynn is pleased to sponsor and host an afternoon of exploring the everyday connections between Jewish and Muslim communities of the Middle East over the past four centuries. In particular, the setting of Hebrew devotional poetry to Turkish Makam music for use in the synagogue demonstrates the deep connections between Ottoman Jews and the mystical Muslim brotherhood.

Please join us on Sunday, February 6 at 2:00 p.m. for this event that is offered at no charge and includes childcare for children under 6 years of age.

The afternoon begins with a panel discussion led by Dr. Edwin Seroussi, Director of the Jewish Music Research Center in Jerusalem. Dr. Seroussi is a leading authority on the collaboration of Jews and Muslim Sufi brotherhoods in Turkey and is doing a month-long residency in Boston.

Following the discussion, Dunya will perform a musical repertoire practiced in the synagogues and Sufi brotherhoods of Istanbul and Edirne.

A reception will follow the musical performance and discussion.

See also Sheena: Islamic Ambassador and Ramadan Mubarak.