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Aristocratic residences and the majlis in Umayyad Córdoba

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMusic, Sound, and Architecture in Islam
PublisherUniversity of Texas Press
Chapter9
Pages228-254
Number of pages27
ISBN (Print)9781477312452
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Abstract

Taking as a departure point the dual meaning of 'majlis' as the performance itself as well as the physical setting in which performance took place, this chapter discusses majlis architecture and investigates the interplay between art and architecture and social occasions that brought together men and women of differing legal status as audience, patrons, and performers. It attempts to integrate material, visual, and social aspects of musical performance in this medieval court society and to propose its centrality to the function and character of reception spaces and the material culture displayed and used in them.

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