This book is the first full-length analysis of the theory and practice of Persian singing, demonstrating the centrality of Persian elements in the music of the Islamic Middle Ages, their relevance to both contemporary and traditional Iranian music and their interaction with classical Persian poetry and metrics.
List of Figures. List of Tables. Transliteration of Persian Letters. Preface. 1. Historical Background of Persia and Persian Music 2. Music, Islam, Mysticism and Proper Performance 3. Preservation and Propagation of Persian Music 4. The Theory of Persian Music 5. Persian Vocal Music 6. Background of Perso-Arab Poetic Structure Conclusion. Appendices. Epilogue. Bibliography. Glossary of Terms and Persons. General Index.