Keywords: Tajikistan, Badakhshan, Khorog, ethnomusicology, poetry, music, song, Ismailis, Ismaili Studies, Islamic Studies, madah, madahkhani, instruments, Pamir, Soviet Studies, performance, devotion, tradition, religion, Religious traditions

Abstract: This brief article, based on fieldwork conducted in 1992 and 1993, concentrates on the rich musical traditions and instruments of the Ismailis of Tajik Badakshan. The author focuses on the madah, a genre of sung religious poetry of the Pamiri Ismailis, which has survived communist suppression, and whose main themes are those of mystical love and praise.


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Dr. Gabrielle Van den Berg