Music in Druze Life: Ritual, Values and Performance Practice,
by Kathleen Hood, with an introduction by A. J. Racy. Druze
Heritage Foundation, 2007. ISBN 13: 978-1-904850-13-7
Based in part on Hood’s Ph.D. dissertation, “Music and Memory in a
Global Age: Wedding Songs of the Syrian Druzes” (2002), which was
partially funded through the Turath.org A. J. Racy Fellowship for Arab
Music Studies, this book focuses on the musical heritage of the
Druzes, an Arabic-speaking people who live in the Near East. The
book is accompanied by a CD of musical excerpts that were recorded
live at weddings, funerals, and other events.
“Kathleen Hood’s Music in Druze Life: Ritual, Values and Performance
Practice offers the most detailed study to date of the musical life of
the Druze of Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, and Palestine/Israel.” — Jonathan H. Shannon, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Hunter College.
“Music in Druze Life is a major contribution to our understanding of
what distinguishes Druze music and the contexts in which this music
is located.” — Philip S. Khoury, Ford International Professor of
History, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Click button below to purchase the book – 50% of proceeds go to Druze orphans.
Kathleen is currently at work on a documentary film based on her
footage taken at actual weddings and other events in Syria, Lebanon,
and Jordan during her fieldwork in 2000 and 2003.