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The Qasida is the devotional poetry of Ismailis of Persian heritage

BY NIMIRA DEWJI

Music had a high place in the cultures of pre-Islamic dynasties. Amongst the earliest historical records of Persian music are the writings of the Greek historians who refer to the use of ritual and ceremonial music at the time of the Medes (900-550 BC) and the Achaemenian (559- 331 BC) dynasties. The performance of music continued both in the court and in society after the advent of Islam through the Arab conquests in the seventh century. The Sitar (Persian ‘three strings’) is a small lute with a long neck. It was originally equipped with three metallic strings but a fourth was added during the Qajar period ((r. 1794-1925).

Performance and recitation of religious music and poetry has been a feature of Muslim piety for many centuries in different cultures. The tradition of devotional poetry amongst the Ismailis in Persia (modern day Iran), known as Qasidas, is part of the broader literary tradition of Persia found among other Muslim traditions as well.

From the thirteenth century onwards, attitudes towards music in Persia were influenced by the growth of Sufi orders; almost all of them regarded music as an essential part of their devotional practices. The Safavid* period, particularly under Shah Abbas (r.1588-1629), saw significant royal patronage of music; many miniatures from the period depict scenes of people playing musical instruments and dancing.

The Ismaili community has had a long history in Persia. Since the establishment of the Nizari state of Alamut until the migration of Imam Hasan Ali Shah, Aga Khan I, Ismaili Imams lived in Persia for almost eight centuries. After the fall of Alamut to the Mongols in 1256, the community and the Imams lived under the guise of Sufi tariqas for many centuries in order to avoid persecution. As a result, there has been a mutual interchange of ideas and terminologies between the Sufis and the Ismailis, resulting in many similarities between their poetry and literature.

* A major Shi‘i dynasty which ruled Persia (1501–1732)

References
1. https://ismailimail.blog/2014/12/17/the-qasida-is-the-devotional-poetry-of-ismailis-of-persian-heritage/
2. Amnon Shiloah, Music in the World of Islam, Wayne State University Press, Detroit.1995, Music & Melodies of the Persian Ismaili qasideh, The Institute of Ismaili Studies - Research by Nimira Dewji

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28 Comments

  1. Roshan Hassam says:

    Mashallah! I am impressed. So clear

  2. Anila Mamdani’s says:

    It’s a wonderful work, keep it up!!!

  3. Shamsa Mohammad says:

    Nice👍

  4. Raheem Mamdani says:

    Very nice

  5. Sadruddin Virani says:

    Very clear sound. Soul touching

  6. Noorallah Alimohammed says:

    Dream come true!

  7. Sadruddinkadiwal says:

    Nice wonderful work

  8. Shenaz tharani says:

    Very nice 👍

  9. Zohra says:

    Beautifully recited. Greatly appreciated.
    Thank you

  10. Mahmood Poonja says:

    Good job keep it up 👌

  11. Mohammed Lakhoo says:

    Wonderful, if not already there it would be great to get translations as well.

  12. Hadi Merchant says:

    Wonderful singers. Transports one into peace and entrancement

  13. Rehan Khan says:

    Best way to promote this wonderful tradition immensely important and useful for younger generation as well as any age group.

  14. Sofia Lalani says:

    Awesome especially for kids in USA

  15. Sofia Lalani says:

    Mashallah . Beautiful voices . Makes the surrounding peacefully . My younger one loves to learn new Ginans and Qasidas, this will help her
    Can’t thanks enough for this wonderful work . I hope jamat take maximum advantage . May Mowla bless everyone involved in this wonderful work . Ameen

  16. Iqbal ladha says:

    Very nice.

  17. Hisamuddin Gilani says:

    Mashaallah Wonderful Singers Transports one into peace and entrancement

  18. Ghulam Ali Valliani says:

    Great service
    Well done

  19. Zia says:

    Outstanding Work! Keep it up!!

  20. Saleem virani says:

    Very nice clear voice thanks for sharing

  21. Farhana bhanji says:

    Ya ali madad. I am a student and love learning ginans. Thank you so much for doing such an amazing work. I pray that All your good wishes come true . Thank you

  22. Raziya vaswani says:

    Wonderful, keep it up

  23. Farzana. Jaffer says:

    Please add more Qasidas

  24. Y Ramji says:

    So beautiful!!! A real joy to listen

  25. Niamet Ladak says:

    The best one recited with really good voice and tuning is “Har chand ke man dar”. Rest good effort I understand the language, sounds clear.

  26. Azmina says:

    My kids and I listen to the qasidas every night and this is the best app for it. Please keep updating it with new content.

  27. Shenaz tharani says:

    Mashaallah! A real joy to listen

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