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Music Production in the 14th/15th Century Jalayirid and Timurid Courts: The Life and Legacy of Abd al-Qadir Maraghi

  • Zeynep Yıldız Abbasoğlu
Thursday 20 September 2018
Free to visit, drinks after
What's New?! fall lecture series
Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden
Leiden University Special Collections, or.271, ff.9b

This lecture examines an aspect of an art production, introducing the story of Abd al-Qadir Maraghi, the master musician of the courts of Jalayirids and Timurids. Maraghi continued the tradition of theoretical music treatises, especially those regarding the “Systematist School”. By writing more than one music treatise, he proved that he had a very high level of music knowledge, leaving behind the most important resources for the music theory of the period. After the death of Maraghi, he began to be remembered as a legendary character in the Ottoman texts. The most important question of this lecture will be what Maraghi’s story and treatises offer about a picture of overall musical life of the period, in terms of political culture, music patronage, music circles and interaction between various cultures. This lecture will also elaborate on Maraghi's legendary character in the Ottoman music circles by referring to texts.

About Zeynep Yıldız Abbasoğlu

Dr. Zeynep Yıldız Abbasoğlu is a Turkish music scholar and kanun player from Istanbul. She received her Ph.D. in Islamic History and Arts from Marmara University in 2015. Zeynep's Ph.D. dissertation, titled “15.yy Herat Müzik Okulu ve Benâî’nin Risâle-i Mûsikî’si” (The Fifteenth-Century Music School of Herat and the Resale-ye Musiqi of Benai), examines musical traditions, musicians and musical instruments of a Central Asian Timurid court as well as discussions of theory in a contemporary treatise. She is planning to extend her work beyond theoretical considerations to the historical and cultural background of the fourteenth -and fifteenth- century Turco-Persian music tradition. She is a visiting scholar in Leiden University, who contributes to the project, “Turks, Texts and Territory: Cultural Production and Imperial Ideology in Central Eurasia.” She will be a 2018-2019 post-doc fellow at Koç University, Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (ANAMED), in Istanbul.

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