NEW PODCAST LIVE NOW Reflecting on the Good Friday Agreement

Living in Harmony: Music, Memory and Encounters between Jewish, Muslim and Christian Neighbours

Introducing our new Outreach Programme

The Living in Harmony programme is generously funded by the KC Shasha Charitable Foundation and Dangoor Education. A continuation of the original Living in Harmony research project, the project focuses on conducting workshops in schools across Britain to enhance a sense of commonality among faith and non-faith communities living in Britain today.

This project focuses on the cultural and social implications of musical and social encounters between Jewish, Muslim, and Christian neighbours in the Middle East and Britain. Our workshops are tailored for school audiences and university students and explain how multiculturalism and music created a sense of communal belonging in the past and may continue to create a sense of commonality among various faith and non-faith communities in Britain today. We are currently offering tailored workshops for schools, University societies and youth clubs during 2021-2022. For more information on our workshops, contact Flora Moffie: fm547@cam.ac.uk.

Research

Previously, the Living in Harmony Project focused on research. The investigation centred on two cities: Aleppo in Syria and Baghdad in Iraq. Aleppo and Baghdad were chosen because of their historic cosmopolitanism, as seen in the evidence of close association among Jewish, Christian and Muslim communities. Researchers explored if a reminder of this shared past, especially through music and the Arabic language, contributed toward shaping an intercommunal present within Baghdadi and Aleppian, more properly known as Halabi, communities in diaspora.

Various faith communities lived together for centuries in the Middle East, fostering and facilitating the borrowing, adapting and integrating of traditions into a shared local culture. In diaspora, this shared local culture - in theory - carries on through the various community groups coming out of Syria and Iraq. This transmission and influence is what the Living in Harmony project investigated, with a particular emphasis on the cultural domain of music.