In this dance the participants dance in lines or semicircles and generally hold hands in a variety of ways, or hold one another by the shoulders. In early attempts to write, translate and adapt European drama for the Arab world, dramatists were faced with a very basic problem: One such notable figure was Nihad Jad d. Is an Arab of necessity a Muslim? The second is colloquial Arabic the vernacular or spoken form of the language which is different in many essential ways from Fusha and from its own many variants the further one gets from the Arabian peninsula. They were appearing with amazing regularity and the best critics simply wanted to do their homework. But it is a starting point for serious intercultural examination of Arab world theatre and it is, I believe, a mile-stone of considerable proportions.

Such changes are real and have led to distrust and confusion both in the region and out. Perhaps colloquial Arabic was more appropriate for such an art. He said, though, that it was really right only for historical plays. There are commonalities to be sure. The guedra is primarily performed in the Goulemine region of Morocco although it is widely seen in festival contexts , while the zar ritual is performed in a wide band from Baluchistan and the southern coastal regions of Iran, the Arabian peninsula, most of east Africa and Egypt. She later moved with Eid to the Ramsis Troupe, starring in virtually all its productions from on.

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The ITI, it was felt, being affiliated with the United Spisode Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization UNESCO at a higher level than the other international theatre associations, seemed to be the right agency to bring the idea to fruition on the world stage.

The founding of the National Opera in Cairo in was of particular help to the supporters of Fusha, for plays only in Fusha—apart from those in foreign languages—were staged there. This section discusses the most important theatre schools and other professional training programmes in each country, their types of curriculum and the traditions they follow.

A muezzin, in long and melodious verses, was inviting Muslims in the neighbourhood to pray.

Where this issue will go in the future, no one, of course, can know. The Formation of Islamic Art. University of Minnesota Press, Arab philosophy is also a mix of traditions— ancient and medieval Greek and Christian Hellenism for example—and it was in such blends that many of these ideas first made their way to the continent.

From the look of love Session 1. Never the same person. Years ago I had a friendly debate over dinner with the eminent American scholar and cultural provocateur Richard Schechner, who wanted to know how we justified having an Arab World volume if all the others in the series were to be based purely on ghaotat distinctions—Europe, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific, Ghaltqt.

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This project would not have survived without the help of the Canadian Centre of the ITI especially Curtis Barlow in the early years of the project and the various members of the Canadian-based Board of Directors who worked to find funds to realize this work. The search for rpisode beginnings for Arab presence in Africa therefore must take into account such more or less casual influences as well as very extensive time frames.

This position is often taken by post-colonial scholars, politicians and others for they regard the open and frank sensuality which often characterizes this dance form as an embarrassment.


She attended and organized fourteen international conferences and visited Syria, Lebanon and Palestine to meet with other leaders of the feminist movements in these Arab states.

This surprised me and I wondered how this could come to be. American University in Cairo Press, WECT is specifically an encyclopedia of nations and their theatres. Pliny the Elder AD 23—79 compiled a thirty-seven-volume encyclopedia of natural science.

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Many at this time argued for a new pan-Arab socialism, a pan-Arab communism in some quarters. Another ghhaltat dance requiring extraordinary athletic skill, enormous stamina and strength is the gnawa named for the Berber tribe who first did it which can be seen in the main square of Rabat and other areas of Morocco.

He was banished by the Caliph of Cordoba Spain for following philosophy instead of Islam.

The company found large audiences and earned acclaim, something that eventually made it the major rival to the Ramsis Troupe. In no way is this intended to demean the importance of the playwright, whose work, we believe, still remains central to the process of theatrical creation. They were appearing with amazing regularity and the best critics simply wanted to do their homework. In a much later development a Sultan of Oman leased the Tanzanian coast to a German trading company.

I came to understand that such influences were only one of many formed from a mighty force that had ghaltar on the Arabian peninsula more than a thousand years earlier. Orders processed timely after the payment verification. Despite this major social change in Egypt and other Arab countries, women remained marginal and in seclusion, with those of the ghaltzt and middle classes benefiting only slightly from this upheaval by being tutored at home.

It happened again in Canada. Available, however, only in Italian, the vast majority of bhaltat documentation included there was gathered before World War II and was, to say the least, Eurocentric. My administrator and manag ing editor Catherine Matzig maintained the operations of our international editorial office in Toronto nobly and with continuous good humour, being forced to deal with me almost exclusively through the miracle of electronic mail.

The end of World War I and fhaltat severance of the ties between Egypt and the Ottoman Caliphate in Turkey brought ghaltwt it an awareness, among the Ghaltah intelligentsia, of a specific Egyptian identity marked, among other things, by an interest and support for an Egyptian brand of Arabic completely distinct from Ghxltat or Arab-Islamic Arabic.

Sometimes their small companies included female dancers and puppeteers, who certainly were not Arabs since Arab girls were not permitted to dance.

Probably the first important documented research of dance in the Arab world was the meticulous survey of Egyptian dances conducted by Magda Saleh in her groundbreaking study that she filmed and recorded in the s Saleh It is our belief that as interesting and informative as each national article may be, the real value of WECT will ultimately lie in its ability 6 to provide comparability of theatres world-wide, in its ability to allow directors, playwrights, dramaturges, designers, critics, scholars and even those in government to look across a wide range of theatre communities.

The comparative ease with which the East Horn was Islamicized contrasts sharply with the fierce resistance of the Berbers of the Maghreb the northwestern belt of Africa elisode the obstinate nonchalance of Black communities of the Guinea and central African forests.


A wide variety of folk music is played on traditional instruments to accompany the dabka, whose unmistakable rhythms are utilized in many popular songs by stars like Sabah, Samira Tawfik and Fairuz.

This younger generation of women all across the Arab world is both growing in number and becoming more assertive in the ideas they wish to convey through their work. As a result, in Algiers, after the destruction of its defensive forces by an AngloDutch fleet, was captured by the French army. Second, this is the dance form common to all—men and women—in urban and some rural settings. With the decline of the Roman Empire, Roman armies were withdrawn and in the third century AD, the Donatists, a North African Christian sect that had been suppressed by the Romans, declared a short-lived independent state in the region.

It would be remiss to try, for too many would be left out. Yet even with some inconsistencies, it seems to me that this volume is immensely important—the first Arab study of pan-Arab theatre and theatre forms.

This dance, which the men perform both solo and in groups, also has the dancers playing qerqbat large wrought-iron clackers. By contrast the seif wa tirs sword and shield performance, found in some of the mountain villages of Lebanon, which has parallels to the performances of the more well-known sword and shield dance of Bursa Turkey is a form of true combat, and the dancers can receive wounds in the heat of performance.

In contrast, other dance types such as the dabka and belly-dancing are performed over large areas. We have asked our writers to look at experiments involving the interrelationship between live actors and puppets or live actors and objects. The earliest known inhabitants of Algeria were hunters living in the Al Hajjar region between and BC who may have been tribal Berbers.

Sehaila is the main drama critic of alAhram Weekly and is an accomplished literary critic, with many books and translations to her credit. Certainly it has been this region which has historically linked Africa, Asia and Europe. To all these people and to the many editors, scholars, writers, translators particularly our translators Maha and Tony Chehade and theatre professionals I consulted along the way, my sincere thanks.

The figures were beautiful and quite elaborate, as good as any ever seen. Calling it simply Rose al-Yusuf, it still survives as one of the most influential cultural and political magazines in the Arab world. In his show, a South Arabian king riding a horse appeared at one point. About years later—in BC— Phoenician adventurers a land connected to modern-day Lebanon sailed under orders from Pharaoh Necho of Egypt starting from the Suez Gulf southwards through the Red Sea and around the Cape of present-day South Africa returning to the mouth of the River Nile through the Pillars of Hercules in the Straits of Gibraltaraccomplishing the first known circumnavigation of the African continent.

Anthony Shay Pomona College Claremont, California Notes 1 The title refers to the title of an important historical treatise in which dance is mentioned Shiloah