– Billie Holiday’s wavy intonation has its roots in the Muezzin’s call to
prayer, scholars say. The syncopated riffs and rhythms of blues guitar legend
John Lee Hooker echo a traditional call and response, with painful lyrics about
life, love and faith.
bebop and cool jazz of American music will be explored when The University of
Texas at Arlington’s College of Liberal Arts and School of Architecture welcome
back Hussein Rashid, adjunct professor of religion at Hofstra University, to
the campus next week for the discussion, “Everyday Art: Islamic Contribution to
will explore Islamic impact on the musical and meditative traditions from such
greats as John Coltrane to hip-hop’s Mos Def.
lecture will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 12, in room 204 of the
Architecture Building, 601 W. Nedderman Drive.
spoke at the University last year about Islamic influence on popular music,
dance architecture, literature and other arts seen in everyday American life.
organizers say the lecture was incredibly well-received, which is why they
asked him back.
Rashid is able to reach experts and novices alike and sustain their interest,”
said Melia Belli, assistant professor of Asian art history in the UT Arlington
Department of Art & Art History. “His work is important for many reasons.
For one thing, due to the misrepresentation of Islam in the American media and
entertainment, most Americans have a very misinformed, negative view of the
faith. He reminds us that the Muslim representation in the U.S. is significant
and contributes much.”
works with major political figures and institutions, advising them on the
history and culture of Muslims. He is an associate editor for Religion
Dispatches, one of the largest web magazines on religion and culture in the
visit is sponsored in part by the Aga Khan Council for Northern Texas and is
free and open to the public.
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