Anne Rasmussen to present lecture at Luther College

From the end of former President of Indonesia Haji Muhammad Suharto's "New Order" through the era of "Reformation," ethnographic research has allowed the powerful role of music in Indonesian religious nationalism to come to light.

Author and professor of ethnomusicology Anne Rasmussen will present a Sihler Lecture on women, music and Qur'anic recitation in Indonesia at 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 11, in Room 102 of the F.W. Olin Building on the Luther College campus.

The lecture is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Working off the topic of her 2010 book, "Women, the Recited Qur'an, and Islamic Music in Contemporary," Rasmussen will discuss the soundscape of Indonesia, home to the world's largest Muslim population, and the contributions of women through their recitations of the Qur'an and performances in Arab-influenced Islamic musical styles and genres.

Rasmussen is a professor of music and ethnomusicology at the College of William and Mary. She serves as the chair of the music department and director of the William and Mary Middle Eastern Music Ensemble.

Rasmussen recently conducted field research in various areas of Oman. She was present for the celebration of country's 40th anniversary as a modern nation. She also attended the Muscat Festival in Oman's capital and the festival Majrajan al-Kharif in Dhofar.

She has written several books on ethnomusicology, including "Divine Inspirations: Music and Islam in Indonesia" and "Music of Multicultural America: A Study of Twelve Musical Communities."

Rasmussen holds a bachelor's degree in music from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., a master's degree in music and musicology from the University of Colorado-Denver and a doctoral degree in music and musicology from University of California-Los Angeles.