Variations among the contemporary North African nūba poetic-musical traditions, as well as their shifting social bases, show that migration to and elaboration within North African societies transformed the elite musical artistry of al-Andalus. Viewing the Andalusian nūba as a trans-Mediterranean phenomenon illustrates the significant diversity that lay beneath the apparent uniformity of erudite Arab-Mediterranean culture in the late medieval and early modern periods.
The Andalusi Turn: The Nūba in Mediterranean History
Carl Davila is associate professor of history at the College at Brockport, SUNY. He received his doctorate from Yale in 2006, and is a specialist in the textual dimensions of al-Āla, the Moroccan Andalusian music. His recent work deals with the thematics of Ramal al-Māya and the construction of poetic meaning in performance. He is the author of Al-Āla: History, Society and Text (Reichert Verlag, 2013). His second book, The Pen, the Voice, the Text (forthcoming from Brill, 2015), gathers the texts of Ramal al-Māya in an annotated critical edition and describes the manuscript history that lies behind them.
Carl Davila; The Andalusi Turn: The Nūba in Mediterranean History. Mediterranean Studies 16 November 2015; 23 (2): 149–169. doi: https://doi.org/10.5325/mediterraneanstu.23.2.0149
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