Sufi rock

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Sufi rock or Sufi folk rock is a subgenre of rock music that combines rock with classical Islamic Sufi music traditions. It emerged in the early 1990s and became widely popular in the late 1990s in Pakistan and Turkey. The term "Sufi rock" was coined in 1993 by writer Nadeem F. Paracha to define the Pakistani band Junoon, who pioneered the process of fusing conventional rock music with folk Sufi music and imagery.[1][2][3]


It is mostly based on the poetry of famous sufi poets such as Rumi, Hafez, Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai, Bulleh Shah, Waris Shah and even Kabir and is mostly sung in languages such as Urdu, Pashto, Punjabi, Sindhi, Persian and Turkish.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ "The Nadeem F. Paracha's Work(s) Archive". Archived from the original on 2010-01-02. Retrieved 2009-12-30.
  2. ^ A Rock and Roll Jihad for the Soul of Pakistan. The Huffington Post
  3. ^ The Pluralism Project Archived 2015-10-19 at the Wayback Machine at Harvard University: Salman Ahmed Brings Sufi-Rock, Political Message to Harvard (Massachusetts)

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