This article traces key changes in the public life of the ney in Turkey, a musical instrument that has had a chequered history in the 90 years since the institution of the Turkish Republic in 1923. Having survived a hostile regime in the single-party period (1923-50), today the ney is in high demand both in Turkey and in the 'global ecumene.' The extraordinary interest in it takes two forms: a striking growth of ney music both live and recorded, and a hunger for ney learning in Turkey's major cities. Although many factors contribute to this interest, in this paper I attribute it to the interplay between artistic developments in the music industry and the recent reinvigoration of Sufism, within which the ney and its practitioners find themselves in a new web of meanings and relationships.
- Sufi Music