Music as Therapy in the Ottoman Empire

Painting by Nil Sari depicting the treatment of an insane patient by musical therapy.

Ottoman Music Therapy

“Music has been used as a mean of therapy through the centuries to counter all kinds of disorders by various peoples. Physicians and musicians in the Ottoman civilization were aware of the music therapy in continuation of previous Muslim similar practices. There are numerous manuscripts and pamphlets on the influence of sound on man and the effect of music in healing, both in works on medicine and music. Ideas of Al-Farabi, Al-Razi and Ibn Sina on music were followed by several Ottoman physicians.”

by Nil Sari


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