Sheikh Hamza Shakkur's voice emanates spiritual power that draws listeners into the mystical tradition of Sufism. Born in Damascus in 1947, Sheikh Shakkur is a quranic reader and hymnist. He is also the choirmaster of theMunshiddin (reciters) of the Great Mosque in Damascus and serves at official religious ceremonies in Syria, where he is immensely popular. His bass voice with its richly rounded timbre has made him one of the foremost Arab vocalists.
In 1976, a 23-year-old-French classical guitarist listened to a record of classical Arab music, fell in love with it, and dedicated the rest of his life to studying this art. Born and raised in Paris, Julien Weiss, of Swiss and Alsatian heritage, has become one of the few accomplished qanun players in the world, having studied with masters from throughout the Arab world.
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Stefan Reichmuth, professor of Islamic Studies, was one of the speakers at the international workshop-panel titled "The Early Period of Ottoman Rule in Syria - Internal Exchange, Integration with the Empire, Ties With Europe" held in Beirut under the auspices of the German Orientalist Institute.