qawwali

[kuh-wah-lee]

noun

a style of Sufi devotional music marked by rhythmic improvisatory repetition of a short phrase, intended to rouse participants to a state of mystical ecstasy.

Nearby words

  1. qasida,
  2. qat,
  3. qatar,
  4. qatari,
  5. qattara depression,
  6. qazvin,
  7. qb,
  8. qbp,
  9. qc,
  10. qca

Origin of qawwali

From Arabic, literally, utterance

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British Dictionary definitions for qawwali

qawwali

noun

an Islamic religious song, esp in Asia
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