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Kurdistan is a region of western Asia, stretching from the Taurus and the mountains of Armenia in the West of the Zagros Mountains in the East, the Caucasus to the North and the Mesopotamian Plain in the South. Throughout is history, Kurdistan has been characterized by great religious diversity. Since the 16th century, the Kurds...
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Do Valeh

Tanbour music is an old, important and precious part of the Kurdish music which is rooted in millenniums. This ancient music and culture has been conveyed by word of mouth from a generation to another. Yarsan Kurds have played an important role in maintaining this priceless heritage of the ancestors. The present work Do Valeh ...
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The Ritual Maqam of the Yarsan

Yarsanism is a heterodox religious current of Sufism established around the 11th century. Its community lives mainly in the Iranian Kurdistan (province of Kermanshah and north of Lorestan). The Kurdish maqam (which differs from the Eastern Arab, Turkish, and Persian forms) is a modal piece for tanbur, a long-necked lute, and voice. Lyrics are taken...
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