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* Music: (1) (2) (3) (4) (5)
[A group chanting session by the respected Kalam’Khwans of Guran in five
tracks. Field recording by author. Computerized version by Cuco Daglio (UC
Berkeley Music Department) and Javaneh Khodabakhsh.]
* Pictures: Musicians
and life in Kurdistan
* Interview: Followers of the Truth
Followers of the Truth
Interview with Partow Hooshmandrad
on the music of the Ahl-i Haqq in Iranian Kurdistan
April 7, 2005
Partow Hooshmandrad has won a prestigious award
from the National Geographic Society to continue her research
and conservation efforts on the cultural heritage of the Kurdish
Ahl-i Haqq of Guran.
Hooshmandrad holds a Ph.D. from the University of Californian,
Berkeley. She has done extensive research on the cultural heritage
of the Ahl-i Haqq (Yarsan). The title of her dissertation is "Performing
the Belief: Sacred Musical Practice of the Kurdish Ahl-i Haqq
of Guran" (a copy of the manuscript may be ordered from
UMI, University Microfilms International, in a few months).
As a scholar/performer, she specializes in the sacred musical
practice of the Ahl-i Haqq of Guran and Iranian classical music.
She has won numerous awards for research on the Ahl-i Haqq and
Iranian classical music including generous fellowships from the
University of California, Berkeley’s Music Department,
Hertz fellowship, Mellon grants, Humanities grants, University
of California Center for Middle Eastern Studies Al-Falah grant,
and a grant from the Kurdish National Congress.