Listening to the Sacred
Chamseddine, Abdul Rahman Mahmoud
A study of the sacred in Islam that is manifested in the oral revelation as it had occurred in the world through reciting and listening to create a sacred aural sphere in which perceptions, attitudes, and practices of the community and the individual are shaped. This work suggests an unconventional approach to studying the role of the Qur’an in generating a culture of listening that creates a sacred aural sphere that is an amalgamation of the artistic approach in reciting the Qur’an and its Divine source. The novelty of the applied purviews is not in their use in the study of the Qur’an, but rather in employing them in the study of “listening to the sacred” and attempting to explore the role that listening has played in Islamic history as a major generator of culture.