Senior Theses

Publication Date


Document Type

Thesis (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts in Music



Faculty Advisor(s)

Joan Paddock & Bill Millar

Subject Categories

History of Religions of Eastern Origins | Music | Musicology | Religion


Music in the Islamic world is being used as a tool for change. Islam is going though a period of major reform, and music is a way to get people all over the world to listen. Though music is prohibited among conservative groups, the Sufis and Islamic youth are spreading ideas of nonviolence and love both to audiences within the religion and to outsiders. The introduction of music has been met with heavy resistance by orthodox members of the religious community, but it has also brought change and success.


This thesis was written as part of a double major in Music and Religious Studies.