Shiekh Mahmoud...Houssary

Holy Quran: Surat Yusuf

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Orthodox Islam has always viewed music with ambivalence, if not downright disapproval. Yet the recitation of the Holy Koran and the call to prayer form the aesthetic bedrock of all the music of the Islamic world. The late Sheikh Mahmoud Khalil El Houssary, a former head of the Al Azhar Mosque in Cairo, here recites Surat Yusuf, the Koranic story of Joseph (no coat of many colors, but the pit and the fat and lean kine are there).