Saturday, October 18, 2008

Slippery Stone: An inquiry into Islam's stance on music

Slippery Stone: An inquiry into Islam's stance on music

"Contemporary, convincing, comprehensive..." — Mufti Zubair Bayat

"Academically superb... This book is a valuable addition to the English literature on the subject." Dr. Salman Nadvi

What does Islam say about poetry, singing, musical instruments, musicians, and the business of music?
What is the truth about the much-publicized “music controversy” in Islam?
What is the verdict on nashids?
What did the Sufi masters say about sama?
What is the truth about Ibn Hazm's arguments on the subject?

This book demystifies the issue of music in Islam by going to original source books in Arabic, many of them brought to light for the first time in the English language.

It traces the attitudes of the Muslim society about music and the musician throughout its history and quotes extensively from the deliberations of the Qur’an and Hadith scholars and jurists from all schools of Islamic Law, both Sunni and Shi'ah.

More than six hundred references and more than a hundred twenty biographical notes on the authorities quoted add to the value of a discussion that is comprehensive without being boring, and detailed without being confusing.
For more information and table of contents click here.