Amnon Shiloah is professor of musicology at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is the author of several books, including The Performance of Jewish and Arab Music in Israel Today, Vols. 1 and 2 (Gordon and Breach Publishing Group, 1997), The Dimension of Music in Islamic and Jewish Culture (Ashgate Publishing Company, 1993), and Jewish Musical Traditions (Wayne State University Press, 1992).
Shiloah ... provides basic musicological information about a vast variety of Middle Eastern musical genres within an ethnomusical context. The author succeeds remarkably well in holding the reader's attention while imparting copious information on these subjects ... expose[s] the importance of improvisation, creativity, and new trends and makes the reader aware of the breadth and variation possible within a coherent musical tradition. ... Well written with limited resort to technical jargon, it is strongly recommended for nonspecialists. General and academic collections.--Choice