Publications and other Academic Work
To the left are links to publications and other academic work that
some of my interests. The Wisdom of Intoxication: Love and Madness in
the Poetry of Hafiz of Shiraz appears as a chapter in the book Creativity,
Madness and Civilization, published by Cambridge Scholars Press in 2007,
and discusses the connection between madness and creativity in the poetry of 14th Persian poet Hafiz of
Shiraz. I have also posted a copy of my dissertation: Experiencing
Qawwali: Sound as Spiritual Power in Sufi India, which examines the South Asian Sufi devotional
music Qawwali, in the context of the use of music in religious practice, cross-culturally.
I intend eventually to post the field recordings related to the text.
Until then, the Khuldabad Qawwals
link offers examples
of Qawwali that I recorded in Khuldabad, India, in
2004. Finally, Unseen Power is an article adapted from one of the
chapters of the dissertation. It appeared in The Muslim World, an academic journal on the study of Islam, in
I hope the ideas
presented here prove thought provoking.