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Asmahan's secrets : woman, war, and song

Author: Sherifa Zuhur
Publisher: Austin : Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of Texas at Austin, ©2000.
Series: Middle East monograph series, no. 13.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The great Arab singer Asmahan was the toast of Cairo song and cinema in the 1930s, as World War II approached. A Druze princess actually named Amal al-Atrash, she came from an important clan in the mountains of Syria, but broke free from her traditional family background, left her husband, and became a public performer, a role frowned upon for women of the time. She was also rumored to be an agent for the allied  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
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Zuhur, Sherifa.
Asmahan's secrets.
Austin : Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of Texas at Austin, ©2000
(OCoLC)639335180
Named Person: Asmahān; Asmahān; Asmahān.
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Sherifa Zuhur
ISBN: 0292798075 9780292798076
OCLC Number: 45902757
Description: x, 247 pages, [10] pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 22 cm
Contents: Disentangling the diva --
A child of Ma'ruf --
To quiet the nightingale --
The triumph of youth --
Mission of war --
Passion and revenge from Jerusalem to the road of death --
Asmahan's musical legacy --
Culture, politics, and gender.
Series Title: Middle East monograph series, no. 13.
Responsibility: by Sherifa Zuhur.
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"The great Arab singer Asmahan was the toast of Cairo song and cinema in the 1930s, as World War II approached. A Druze princess actually named Amal al-Atrash, she came from an important clan in the mountains of Syria, but broke free from her traditional family background, left her husband, and became a public performer, a role frowned upon for women of the time. She was also rumored to be an agent for the allied Forces during World War II. Through the story of Asmahan and her musical career, the reader glimpses not only aspects of the cultural and political history of Egypt and Syria between the two world wars, but also the change in attitude in the Arab world toward women as public performers on stage."--Jacket.

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