The academic portion of the conference gathers international scholars from various disciplines, including music, ethnomusicology, anthropology, Islamic studies, religious studies, architecture, landscape architecture and the history of art and architecture, among others. Presentations and discussions center on the multiple relationships between soundscapes (music, chant, nature sounds) and landscapes (architecture, gardens, the environment) in the socio-cultural life of Muslim communities around the world. Scholars invite the general public to consider architecture as a sonic art, as well as to explore architectural aspects of musical and ritual performance. A concluding round table session invites scholars, musicians, and listeners to discuss general conference themes of music, landscapes and their place in the Muslim world. In exploring the fascinating junctures of landscapes and soundscapes in the Muslim world, the symposium aims to unite creativity and critical insight in a dynamic and inclusive experience.

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