Colors of Enchantment: Theater, Dance, Music, and the Visual Arts of the Middle East

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Explores the visual and performing arts in the Middle East

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789774246074
  • Publisher: American University in Cairo Press, The
  • Publication date: 10/11/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Sherifa Zuhur is a historian affiliated with the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, UC Berkeley and the von Grunebaum Center, UCLA.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Revisiting the Theater in Egypt: An Overview 17
2 Burnt-Cork Nationalism: Race and Identity in the Theater of Ali al-Kassar 27
3 The Tears of a Clown: Yusuf Idris and Postrevolutionary Egyptian Theater 39
4 El-Warsha: Theatrical Experimentation and Cultural Preservation 77
5 Persian Plays and the Iranian Theater 87
6 The Palestinian Hakawati Theater: A Brief History 107
7 Performing Depth: Translating Moroccan Culture in Modern Verse 125
8 Gender Challenges to Patriarchy: Wannus' Tuqus al-Isharat wa-l-Tahawalat 142
9 From Cultural Authenticity to Social Relevance: The Plays of Amin al-Rihani, Kahlil Gibran, and Karim Alrawi 151
10 Dance: A Visual Marker of Qabili Identity in Highland Yemen 175
11 Race, Sexuality, and Arabs in American Entertainment, 1850-1900 211
12 Farewell to Tahia 228
13 Tarab ("Enchantment") in the Mystic Sufi Chant of Egypt 233
14 Musical Stardom and Male Romance: Farid al-Atrash 270
15 Modern Arab Music: Portraits of Enchantment from the Middle Generation 297
16 The Classical Iraqi Maqam and Its Survival 321
17 Musical Attitudes and Spoken Language in Pre-Civil War Beirut 336
18 The Sheba River Valley Dam: The Reconstruction of Architecture, History, and Music in a Yemeni Operetta 352
19 Middle East Peace Through Music: A Diwan in Weimar 358
20 Modern Painting in the Mashriq 363
21 Visualizing Identity: Gender and Nation in Egyptian Cartoons 386
22 Meditations on Painting and History: Interview with Huda Lutfi 405
Glossary 417
Bibliography 424
Index 447
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