The music of the arabs book paperback amadeus habib hassan touma on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers encompassing a history of more than 2000 years the music of the arabs is unique among the worlds various musical cultures this book presents an overview of arabic music throughout history and examines the artistic output of contemporary musicians. The late composer and musicologist habib hassan touma compiled a number of authoritative books on arab music in his lifetime originally published in germany in 1989 the music of the arabs from amadeus press is the first english translation of the book joining french and italian editions. Encompassing a history of over 2000 years the music of the arabs is unique this book presents an overview of arabic music throughout history and examines the artistic output of contemporary musicians covering secular and sacred instrumental and vocal improvised and composed music. Get this from a library the music of the arabs habib touma accompanying cd features seven traditional arabic pieces performed by contemporary arab musicians. Caliph abd al malik established arabic as the caliphates official language in 686 this reform greatly influenced the conquered non arab peoples and fueled the arabization of the region however the arabs higher status among non arab muslim converts and the latters obligation to pay heavy taxes caused resentment
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