Images of Enchantment Visual and Performing Arts of the Middle East

ISBN-10: 9774244672
ISBN-13: 9789774244674
Edition: 1998
Authors: Sherifa Zuhur
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Description: This book brings a new approach to the study of the arts of the Middle East. By dealing in one volume with dance, music, painting, and cinema, as experienced and practiced not only within the Middle East but also abroad, Images of Enchantment breaks  More...

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List price: $24.50
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: American University in Cairo Press
Publication date: 10/1/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 324
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.562
Language: English

This book brings a new approach to the study of the arts of the Middle East. By dealing in one volume with dance, music, painting, and cinema, as experienced and practiced not only within the Middle East but also abroad, Images of Enchantment breaks down the artificial distinctions -- of form, geography, 'high' and 'low' art, performer and artist -- that are so often used to delineate the subjects and processes of Middle Eastern artistic culture. The eighteen essays in this book cover themes as diverse as Bedouin dance, the music of Arab Americans, cinema in Egypt and Iran, Hollywood representations of the Middle East, and contemporary Sudanese painting. The contributions come from scholars and critics and from the artists themselves. Together, they present a wide-ranging and holistic view of the arts in their social, political, anthropological, and gender contexts.

Acknowledgments
A Note on Transliteration
Introduction
Changing Images and Shifting Identities: Female Performers in Egypt
Women's Performance in Ritual Context: Weddings Among the Rashayda of Sudan
Folk Music and Dance in the Arabian Gulf and Saudi Arabia
A Procession through Time: The Zaffat al-'Arusa in Three Views
Asmahan: Arab Musical Performance and Musicianship under the Myth
Performance, Political Identity, and Memory: Umm Kulthum and Gamal 'Abd al-Nasir
Western Classical Music in Umm Kulthum's Country
The Music of Arab Americans: Aesthetics and Performance in a New Land
Beyond the Performance
Gender and Politics in Contemporary Art: Arab Women Empower the Image
The Artist's Voice
Imagery and Invention: Sudanese at Home and in the World Conversations with Mohamed Omer Bushara and Musa Khalifa
Image and Experience: Why Cinema?
Victims or Actors? Centering Women in Egyptian Commercial Film
Iranian Cinema under the Islamic Republic
Reverse Imagery: Middle Eastern Themes in Hollywood
Farida Fahmy and the Dancer's Image in Egyptian Film
Terrorism and Kabab: A Capraesque View of Modern Egypt
Bibliography
Notes on Contributors
Index

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