Artifact Analysis- Sounds of Amman

In my artifact analysis, I had broken down” Sounds of Amman” to its audio components to decypher the kinds of meanings that are tied to the song. At first listen, it has a low and even tone with many words. It almost resembles a church hymn. Upon further research, the song is routinely projected throughout the city to call the citizens to prayer. In the city of Amman, many of its residents practice the religion of Islam where many pray five times per day.

Along with the “Sounds of Amman” notifying civilians to prayer, practicing individuals also may have an app on their cellphones that remind users to pray. Allowing this kind of technology gives followers of Islam the exact time to pray relative to the position of the sun.

Common practices in prayer include being clear of mind and body which include wearing modest clothing and washing of the hands, feet, arms, and legs before commencing the prayer. Although many Muslims pray at a mosque, any sort of quiet place can be used for prayer as long as the direction is towards the city of Mecca.

The song as a call to prayer puts everyone in Amman in a place of mindfulness for prayer in relation to their lives. One must take a break from whatever they are doing to perform a prayer and as a whole city, that can be cleansing as well as unifying. The humbling practice and discipline of praying five times a day also makes sense for the culture of Jordan and relates to the generosity and humbleness that they have in their society. Muslims believe they have purpose in the world but also understand that God has a greater meaning in their lives and that can be shown through their devotion to pray and their devotion to God.