Professor Michael Frishkopf

Professor of Music & Director, Canadian Centre for Ethnomusicology; Adjunct Professor in Religious Studies, Adjunct Professor in Medicine, University of Alberta


Previous position(s):

Researcher, Sufism and Islam in Africa (Egypt, Ghana)

Research interests:

Religion, ritual, music, society, culture, history.  Islamic movements, Islamic thought.


(2013) Against ethnomusicology: Language performance and the social impact of ritual performance in Islam. Performing Islam, 2, 1:11-43.

(2014) Music as debate: Social forces shaping the heterodoxy of Sufi performance in contemporary Egypt. In K Salhi (ed.) Music, Culture and Identity in the Muslim World: Performance, Politics and Piety. London: Routledge.

(2011) Ritual as strategic action: the social logic of musical silence in Canadian Islam in K. van Nieuwkerk (ed.) Muslim Rap, Halal Soaps, and Revolutionary Theater: Artistic Developments in the Muslim World. Austin: University of Texas Press.



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