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Sufi ceremony sound recording : Rifa' ceremony of the eleventh day of Rabi-L-Achien honouring Abdul Hadir Beker / by Kajar the Magician

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Data Source
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
Notes
Cover design by Ronald Clyne.
Introductory notes by Joseph Schacht and notes by Kajar in booklet (4 p. : ill.) inserted in original cover.
Performed by members of the Islaamia Refia Jamaa (the "Islamic Rifa'iyya Association"), led by Khalifa Abdullah.
Recorded in South Africa.
Related materials may be found in the Moses and Frances Asch Collection, also held by this repository. Related materials may include correspondence between the studio, producers, and/or performers; original cover art designs; original production materials; business records; and audiotapes from studio production.
Track information
101. The Ceremony, Part 1
102. The Ceremony to the End
Publisher number
FR 8942 Folkways Records
Summary
The album features a live recording of a Sufi trance ritual performed "in the home of Khalifa Abdullah of the Islaamia Refia Jamaa sect of Malayan Mohammedans in the Union of South Africa." The ritual commemorates the 11th day of Rabi-l-Achien in honor of "Abdul Kadir Beker, a follower of the Prophet (approximately middle of December, varying with moon) to symbolize the power of faith exemplified by bodily resistance to steel." (Quotes sic from notes.)
Repository Loc.
Smithsonian Institution, Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, 600 Maryland Ave., S.W., Suite 2001, Washington, D.C. 20024. Call 202-633-7322 for appointment. Fax: 202-633-7019. Email: rinzlerarchives@si.edu
performers
Islaamia Refia Jamaa Sect
commentator
Schacht, Joseph 1902-1969
cover designer
Clyne, Ronald 1925-2006
performer
Kajar the Magician
Subject
ʻAbd al-Qādir al-Jīlānī d. 1166
Date
1959
Physical description
1 phonograph record : analog, 33 1/3 rpm ; 12 in
Type
Phonograph records
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Folkways Records Collection 1948-1986
Local number
Folkways 8942
Culture
Muslims South Africa
Topic
Sufi music
Sufism--Music and ritual
Rifāʻīyah--Music and ritual
Qādirīyah
Trance music
Islamic music
Place
South Africa
Restrictions & Rights
Restrictions on access