Arabia Before Muhammad

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Psychology Press, Nov 23, 2000 - Social Science - 234 pages
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The legendary Greek figure Orpheus was said to have possessed magical powers capable of moving all living and inanimate things through the sound of his lyre and voice. Over time, the Orphic theme has come to indicate the power of music to unsettle, subvert, and ultimately bring down oppressive realities in order to liberate the soul and expand human life without limits. The liberating effect of music has been a particularly important theme in twentieth-century African American literature.

The nine original essays in Black Orpheus examines the Orphic theme in the fiction of such African American writers as Jean Toomer, Langston Hughes, Claude McKay, James Baldwin, Nathaniel Mackey, Sherley Anne Williams, Ann Petry, Ntozake Shange, Alice Walker, Gayl Jones, and Toni Morrison. The authors discussed in this volume depict music as a mystical, shamanistic, and spiritual power that can miraculously transform the realities of the soul and of the world. Here, the musician uses his or her music as a weapon to shield and protect his or her spirituality. Written by scholars of English, music, women's studies, American studies, cultural theory, and black and Africana studies, the essays in this interdisciplinary collection ultimately explore the thematic, linguistic structural presence of music in twentieth-century African American fiction.

  

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Contents

CHAPTEE
3
NOTES TO CHAPTER I
26
NOTES TO CHAPTER II
40
NOTES TO CHAPTER III
55
CHAPTEE FAOE
74
THE KINGDOMS OP SOUTH ARABIA
86
NOTES TO CHAPTEE V
107
NOTES TO CHAPTEE VI
123
NOTES TO CHAPTEE VII
150
NOTES TO CHAPTER VIII
168
MECCA AS A COMMERCIAL CENTRE
179
EVIDENCE PEOM PRBSLAMIC RELIGION
190
NOTES TO CHAFFER XI
204
NOTES TO CHAPTER XII
217
INDEX
229
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