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Iranian Music

Iran Allows Musician To Perform In Public For First Time

HuffPost Live | Kira Brekke | Posted 04.22.2014 | World

In a country that is known for its strict monitoring of musical content, Iranian authorities have surprised many with their recent decision to allow a...

Carolyn Gregoire

The Amazing Way This Iranian Musician Is Fighting For Global Peace | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 04.11.2014 | Arts

For nearly 800 years, the mystical Sufi poet Rumi's profound and empowering wisdom has inspired countless seekers, both within the Sufi tradition and ...

A Love Beyond

Jennifer Danielle Crumpton | Posted 02.05.2014 | Arts
Jennifer Danielle Crumpton

Mavara's own philosophy is that music is a story to expand people's minds, to make us think differently about how we live and what life is about. When I hear some of their songs, I know that we Americans could benefit from listening to these soulful Iranians.

Hafez Meets ZZ Top at Asia Society (Video)

Michal Shapiro | Posted 12.07.2013 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

The press release I received referred to Mosehn Namjoo as "the Iranian Bob Dylan." Part of me reacted with "huh?" but after a bit of consideration, I read on, and decided to check him out.

Dynamic Duo: Kayhan Kalhor and Erdal Erzincan (Video)

Michal Shapiro | Posted 05.12.2013 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

If you have not savored the joys of classical Persian music, or Turkish folk music, now's your chance to take a sweet bite.

Mourning A Beloved Iranian Sufi Singer, 10 Years Later

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 01.30.2012 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

His Sufi passion and his music remain alive among the initiated. Soon, perhaps, Seyed Khalil Alinejad will become known throughout the world, as he and his legacy deserve.

What Is the Music of the Muslim World?

Michal Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michal Shapiro

Recently, I got to work on a series about musicians from the Muslim world. We deliberately chose artists whose work was cutting edge, and from diverse backgrounds. I've spliced 'n' diced together a few minutes from each one for this post.

Fared Shafinury: Austin Singer-Songwriter Learns The Hard Way Not To Jam In Tehran Park (VIDEO)

Diane Tucker | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Diane Tucker

Classically trained musician Fared Shafinury grew up in Corpus Christi, went to college at the University of Texas, and yet somehow always felt too Iranian for South Texas. So the American singer-songwriter moved to Iran.