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Textbook Project: The Music of Central Asia

Published by Indiana University Press (2016), this pioneering textbook is the first in any language to offer a comprehensive introduction to Central Asia’s rich and diverse musical traditions.  With contributions by 25 authors from 13 countries and over 150 audio and video examples, The Music of Central Asia emerged from collaboration between the Music Initiative and the University of Central Asia, a project initiated by His Highness the Aga Khan. The textbook presents Central Asian music through a prism of cultural pluralism, cosmopolitanism, and regionalism.  In doing so, it brings together “insider” and “outsider” perspectives on music and culture by balancing chapters written by scholars native to Central Asia with chapters written by specialists from Europe and North America.