Greek orthodox music in ottoman istanbul is an important historical study carefully researched and well argued ethnomusicology forum greek orthodox music in ottoman istanbul broadens and renews the research field of late ottoman and modern greek musical and cultural history middle eastern studies. Greek orthodox music in ottoman istanbul sets out to answer these questions by placing them squarely within their historical context music erol argues was a central field through which greek orthodox istanbulites forged communal ties national allegiances and their sense of past. Merih erol greek orthodox music in ottoman istanbul nation and community in the era of reformethnomusicology multimedia bloomington indiana university press 2015 pp xix 264 cloth 3500 e book 3499. The discourse on music and its representation of the nation was in fact part of a larger discourse on identity in the greek orthodox populations of the ottoman empire who especially in the second half of the nineteenth century strove to come to terms with the meaning of greekness and the conceptions of east and west. The author of this work investigates the controversy that emerged around ecclesiastical music within the greek orthodox community in istanbul in the late nineteenth century as a proxy to illuminate the struggles of that community with the emergence of nationalism and modernity the community
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