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Racy, A.J. “Art and Ecstasy in Arab Music.” (2010)

Dr. Racy explores the idea of tarab, or musical ecstasy, in Arab music. “The word tarab refers to both the ecstatic state evoked by traditional Arab music and the music itself,” he writes. “ a clear testimony to the close association the culture has made between the music and emotional transformation.”