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Arts: Performers and Performing Groups: Egypt and Turkey (including Ottoman)
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Known as çengi and köçek in Turkey in Turkey, ghawāzī and khawal in Egypt in Egypt, public performers have always occupied an equivocal position in their own cultural milieu as well as in Western cultures. Few professions during the Ottoman Empire evoked as much adoration and derision, desire and disapprobation. This ambivalent attitude toward public performers continues to prev…

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Karayanni, Stavros Stavrou, “Arts: Performers and Performing Groups: Egypt and Turkey (including Ottoman)”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 19 September 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0292c>
First published online: 2009



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