Images of Enchantment: Visual and Performing Arts of the Middle East

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American University in Cairo Press, 1998 - 324 pages
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.

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Folk Music and Dance
History Memory and Reimaging in Middle Eastern Music
Western Classical Music in Umm Kulthums Country
Beyond the Performance
The Artists Voice
Political and Gendered Imagery in Film
Iranian Cinema under the Islamic Republic
Farida Fahmy and the Dancers Image in Egyptian Film
Notes on Contributors

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About the author (1998)

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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