Selawatan as Musical Reflection of the Islamic Law Interpretation Phenomenon: a Musicological Studies of Islamic Religious Music in the Province of DIY”

This week Wednesday Forum will provide a discussion topic about music and religion entitled “Selawatan as Musical Reflection of the Islamic Law Interpretation Phenomenon: a Musicological Studies of Islamic Religious Music in the Province of DIY”. We invite you to join this forum. Some information about it can be read as follows.

Date: Wednesday, 22 April 2009
Time: 12.30 pm ? 2.30 pm (free lunch)
Venue: Room 306, UGM Graduate School Teknika Utara Pogung
Speaker: Drs. Andre Indrawan Amin, M. Hum, M.Mus.St, L.Mus.A.


This study concerns with an Islamic musical tradition, the selawatan, practiced in almost all traditional Muslim areas of the DIY Province. By utilising ethnomusicological approach, data collected through field research in some mosques, slamic boarding schools, and people in their surounding, within Yogyakarta city and three districts of the province: Sleman, Bantul, and Gunung Kidul. Music as well as Islamic rulings on it, that currently seems to be addressed to music in the Western world, has been a controversial issue within Muslim societies since the early day of Islam. Through discussion on the selawatan as a kind of musical work that was considered a ?non-music? of the Islamic vocal arts by some early relgious scholars, this study tries to uncover the relationship between the selawatan and some Muslim?s believe on the prohibition of music as an ongoing reality of the Islamic law interpretation phenomenon. Problems discussion of this study involving three steps: (1) textually uncovers musicological characteristic of the selawatan to obtain evidences that it is a kind of Islamic religious music, (2) con-textually observes its social as well as cultural functions to understand it from ethnomusicological perspectives that music is a social process, and (3) conceptually uncover a speculative relationship between the selawatan and Islamic religious law to understand the reason why the traditional Muslim practice the selawatan musically.

About the Speaker

ANDRE INDRAWAN is currently a teaching staff at Music Department, the Faculty of Performing Arts, Indonesia Institute of the Arts Yogyakarta (known as ISI Yogyakarta). He received his undergraduate degree in musicology from ISI Yogyakarta in 1986. In 1991 he did a master studies in Gadjah Mada University and graduated with cum laude status in 1994. To complete this study he did a field research about a group of traditional plucked instruments in Northern Sumatera province in 1993. In 1999 he deepen his music studies at the University of Melbourne, Australia and received his master?s degree in musical performance and instrumental teaching in 2000. He then received a scholarship for a preliminary ethnomusicological research on the Islamic music within the university up to 2002. Now, he is being interested in some religious music of the traditional Muslims in the province of DIY.


The forum is free of charge and on a first-come-first basis.

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