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

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Sherifa Zuhur
American Univ in Cairo Press, 2001 - Art - 456 pages
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In this companion volume to the successful Images of Enchantment: Visual and Performing Arts of the Middle East (AUC Press, 1998), historian and ethnomusicologist Sherifa Zuhur has once again commissioned and edited authoritative essays from noteworthy scholars from around the globe that explore the visual and performing arts in the Middle East.
What differentiates this volume from its predecessor is its investigation of theater, from the early modern period to the contemporary. Topics include race and national identity in Egyptian theater, early writing in the Arab theater in North America, Persian-language theater from its origins through the twentieth century, Palestinian nationalist theater, and a survey of the work of noted Egyptian playwright Yusuf Idris. Other aspects of the arts are not neglected, of course, as further avenues of dance, music, and the visual arts are explored.
Marked by interesting and fresh perspectives, Colors of Enchantment is another vital contribution to scholarship on the arts of the Middle East.
Contributors: Najwa Adra, Wijdan Ali, Sami Asmar, Clarissa Burt, Michael Frishkopf, M. R. Ghanoonparvar, Tori Haring-Smith, Kathleen Hood, Deborah Kapchan, Neil van der Linden, Samia Mehrez, Mona Mikhail, Sami A. Ofeish, 'Ali Jihad Racy, Rashad Rida, Tonia Rifaey, Edward Said, Lori Anne Salem, Philip D. Schuyler, Selim Sednaoui, Reuven Snir, James Stone, Eve Troutt Powell, and Sherifa Zuhur.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Revisiting the Theater in Egypt An Overview Mona Mikhail
17
BurntCork Nationalism Race and Identity in the Theater of Ali alKassar
27
The Tears of a Clown Yusuf Idris and Postrevolutionary Egyptian Theater
39
ElWarsha Theatrical Experimentation and Cultural Preservation
77
Persian Plays and the Iranian Theater
87
The Palestinian Hakawati Theater A Brief History
107
Performing Depth Translating Moroccan Culture in Modern Verse
125
Musical Stardom and Male Romance Farid alAtrash
270
Modern Arab Music Portraits of Enchantment from the Middle Generation
297
The Classical Iraqi Maqam and Its Survival
321
Musical Attitudes and Spoken Language in PreCivil War Beirut
336
The Sheba River Valley Dam The Reconstruction of Architecture History and Music in a Yemeni Operetta
352
Middle East Peace Through Music A Diwan in Weimar
358
Modern Painting in the Mashriq
363
Visualizing Identity Gender and Nation in Egyptian Cartoons
386

Gender Challenges to Patriarchy Wannus Tuqus alIsharat walTahawalat
142
From Cultural Authenticity to Social Relevance The Plays of Amin alRihani Kahlil Gibran and Karim Alrawi
151
Dance A Visual Marker of Qabili Identity VJ in Highland Yemen
175
Race Sexuality and Arabs in American Entertainment 18501900
211
Farewell to Tahia
228
Tarab Enchantment in the Mystic Sufi Chant of Egypt
233
Meditations on Painting and History An Interview with Huda Lutfi
405
Glossary
417
Bibliography
424
Index
447
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SHERIFA ZUHUR was a Visiting Research Scholar at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of California, Berkeley in 2000 2001. Her publications include Revealing Reveiling: Islamist Gender Ideology in Contemporary Egypt and Asmahan's Secrets: Woman, War, and Song.

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