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The Call to Prayer: Its History & Impact on the Ear

Hosted by the Consul of the Global Share & Discuss Group
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Took place 1 month ago
Thu 07 Apr 19:00 - 21:00

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What do we know about the call to prayer in Islam aka known as Adhan (Arabic) and Azan (Persian). It is recited loudly from the mosque five times a day on most days and all day long during the religious holidays of Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, traditionally from the minaret. It is the first call summoning Muslims to enter the mosque to pray.

While the Adhan has a very important religious purpose, it also has a very powerful impact to the ear, whether a person is a Muslim or not. Like many sounds, and forms of arts in all religions, the Islamic call to prayer is extremely powerful and almighty. How does it sound to the ear of someone who has never heard it and what does it envoke in those who grew up with it? How did the call to prayer come to life and what is the story behind it? Join to find out. How does a religious sound impact our mind and brain? Can we appreciate religious sounds, music and art purely for aesthetics and melody, or must we be practicing that religion?

DISCLAIMER: The focus of event is not about religion or politics or religious views or criticism, but rather on impact of sounds on human brain and emotional reactions we have to it.

IMPORTANT: A respectful view, openness and tolerance is asked from all participants. Let's have an enjoyable evening of exploring this amazing sound. Religion is a very delicate topic for many people, so comments and the chat writings should be respectful and neutral.

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