Constructing the Performed Identity of Sephardic Songs

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This book brings to life an impressively broad array of performances in the Eastern Mediterranean. It covers many traditional types of performance, including singers, dancers, storytellers, street performers, clowns, preachers, shadow-puppeteers, fireworks displays, and semi-theatrical performances in folk and other celebrations. It explores performance of the secular as well as of the sacred in its many forms, including Sunni, Shiite, Sufi, and Alevi Muslims; Sephardic Jews and those in the Holy Land; and Armenian, Greek, and European Catholic Christians. The book focuses on the Medieval and Early Modern periods, including the Early Ottoman. Some papers reach backward into Late Antiquity, while others demonstrate continuity with the modern Eastern Mediterranean world.
Original languageUnknown
Title of host publicationMedieval and Early Modern Performance in the Eastern Mediterranean
Place of PublicationTurnhout Brepols
PublisherArzu Öztürkmen and Evelyn Birge Vitz
ISBN (Print)978-2-503-54691-9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014

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