The Mu’azzin’s Song: Islam and the African Diaspora of the Indian Ocean

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Omar H. Ali, Professor & Dean, Lloyd International Honors College (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Among my earliest memories as a child living in North Africa during the mid-l970s was listening to the azan, the melodic call to prayer heard daily across much of the Muslim world. Each morning, just before sunrise, I would hear the "song" as it gently filtered through my dreams. In the distance, the mu'azzin -the person making the call -would slowly fill the morning air with the opening words, Allah-u-akbar (God is great), stretching and then soulfully bending each vowel. Like a grain of sand, each rendition of the azan is slightly different from the next, each mu'azzin expressing his own unique sensibility.

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North Carolina Conversations, Winter/Spring 2012, 14-15
Language: English
Date: 2012
azan, mu'azzin, Islam, African Diaspora

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