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Bibliography on Religion & Music in South and Southeast Asia


Originally Compiled by Lance Nelson  (See addenda below)



Alison, Arnold, ed. South Asia: The Indian Subcontinent. Garland encyclopedia of World Music, vol. 5. New York, NY : Garland Pub., 2000.

Miller, Terry E., and Sean Williams, eds. Southeast Asia. Garland encyclopedia of World Music, vol. 4. New York, NY: Garland Pub., 1998.


Given to Dance: India's Odissi Tradition. 1985. University of Wisconsin-Madison, Center for South Asia (Film, 57 minutes).


Books and Articles

Allen, Matthew. 1997. "Rewriting the Script for South Indian Dance." In TDR / Journal of Performance Studies 41(3):63-100.

Allen, Matthew. "1998. Tales Tunes Tell: Deepening the Dialogue Between 'Classical' and 'non-Classical' in the Music of India." In Yearbusic 30:22-52.

Azad Faruqi, I.H. 1984. "Sufism and Bhakti: Maulana Rum and Sri Ramakrishna." Delhi: Abhinav.

Beck, Guy L. 1993. Sonic Theology: Hinduism and Sacred Sound. Columbia, S.C.: University of South Carolina Press.

Beck, Guy. Forthcoming editemusic in religions of the world.

Becker, Judith O. 1980. Traditional Music in Modern Java: Gamelan in a Changing Society. Honolulu : University Press of Hawaii.

Becker, Judith O. 1993. Gamelan Stories: Tantrism, Islam, and Aesthetics in Central Java. Tempe, Ariz.: Program for Southeast Asian Studies, Arizona State University.

Becker, Judith O. 1997. "Tantrism, Rasa, and Javanese Gamelan Music." In Sullivan, 15-59.

Carter, John Ross. 1983. "Music in Theravada Buddhist Heritage: In Chant, in Song, in Sri Lanka." In Irwin, pp. 127-147.

Irwin, Joyce, ed. 1983. Sacred Sound: Music in Religious Thought and Practice / edited by Joyce Irwin. Journal of the American Academy of Religion studies v. 50, no. 1 Chico, Calif.: Scholars Press. [See Carter, Lawrence, Wulff]

Lawrence, Bruce B. 1983. "The Early Chishti Approach to Sama." In Irwin, pp. 93-109.

Leslie, Julia, ed. 1991. Roles and Rituals for Hindu Women. Rutherford, NJ: Fairleigh Dickenson University Press. [Essays on Devadasis and Bharata Natyam]

Mansukhani, Gobind Singh. "Indian Classical Music and Sikh Kirtan." Oxford/IBH, 1982.

Marglin, Frederique Apffel. 1985. Wives of the God-King: The Rituals of the Devadasis of Puri. New York: Oxford University Press.

Meduri, Avanthi. 1991. "Bharatha Natyam: What Are You?" recently reprinted in Dils, Ann, and Ann Cooper Albright, eds., "Moving History / Dancing Cultures: A Dance History Reader." Wesleyan Univ. Press.

Nasr, Seyyed Hossein. 1997. "Islam and Music: The Legal and the Spiritual Dimensions." In Sullivan, pp. 219-235.

Orr, Leslie C. 2000. Donors, Devotees, and Daughters of God: Temple Women in Nedieval Tamilnadu. New York: Oxford University Press.

Palackal, Joseph. 2001. "India; Christian Music." in the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, vol 12:223-234.

Pesch, Ludwig. 1999. "The Illustrated Companion to South Indian Music." Oxford Univ. Press.

Qureshi, Regula. 1986. Sufi Music of India and Pakistan: Sound, Context and Meaning in Qawwali." Cambridge Univ. Press; Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 1995.

Qureshi, Regula Burkhardt. 1997. "Sounding the World: Music in the Life of Islam." In Sullivan, pp. 263-298.

Rowell, Lewis. 1992. Music and Musical Thought in Early India. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Ruckert, George. 2003. "Music in North India: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture." Oxford Univ. Press.

Shultz,????. ???? "Hindu Nationalism, Music, and Embodiment" Journal of Ethnomusicology, Vol.46, No. 2 p.307

Sherinian, Zoe. 2002. "Dalit Theology in Tamil Christian Folk Music: A Transformative Liturgy by James Theophilus Appavoo." In Raj, Selva,and Corinne Dempsey, eds., "Popular Christianity in India: Riting Between the Lines." Albany, N.Y.: State University of New York Press.

Subramaniam, V. 1983. "The Sacred and the Secular in India's Performing Arts: Ananda K. Coomaraswamy Centenary Essays." Columbia, MO: South Asia Books.

Sullivan, Lawrence E. 1997. Enchanting Powers: Music in the World's Religions. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Center for the Study of World Religions. [see Becker, Qureshi, Nasr]

Yoshitaka Tarada, ????. "T. N. Rajarattinam Pillai and Caste Rivalry in South Indian Classical Music." Ethnomusicology Journal p. 460. ???????

Wulff, Donna. 1983. "On Practicing Religiously: Music as Sacred in India." In "Sacred Sound: Music in Religious Thought and Practice," ed. Joyce Irwin, 149-172. Chico, Calif.: Scholars Press.

Viswanathan, T., and Matthew Allen. 2003. "Music in South India: The Karnatak Concert Tradition and Beyond." Oxford Univ. Press, 2003. (forthcoming in about a month; please see http://www.oup-usa.org/isbn/0195145909.html for information)


Thielemann, Selina. 1998. Sounds of the Sacred: Religious Music in India. New Delhi: APH Publishing Corporation.

___. 1998. Rasalila: a Musical Study of Religious Drama in Vraja. New Delhi: APH Publishing Corporation.

Journal of Vaishnava Studies (Vol. 4, No. 2, Spring 1996), guest editor, Guy L. Beck. (The issue is devoted entirely to music.)

Kelting, Whitney. Singing to the Jinas. ??: Oxford UP, 2001


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