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This insightful and engaging new title in the Theatre & series explores the various connections between theatre and Islam. Drawing on both historical and recent examples to trace their relationship and offer a new...

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This insightful and engaging new title in the Theatre & series explores the various connections between theatre and Islam. Drawing on both historical and recent examples to trace their relationship and offer a new perspective on a topical subject, this persuasive text argues against a long-standing assumption that Islam has worked in opposition to theatrical presentation. From the thirteenth century puppet plays of Ibn Daniyal to Islamic themes in twenty-first century productions, Theatre and Islam is chronologically wide-ranging and ambitious in its scope.

Ambitious yet concise, this is the perfect introduction for undergraduate and postgraduate students of Religious Studies, Islamic Studies, Middle Eastern Studies and Drama.

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  • Engages with a highly topical area of theatre scholarship
  • Written by a highly-regarded expert in theatre and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Part of a brand new cluster of Theatre & titles focusing on the relationship between theatre and religion

Introduction
Storytelling in the Islamic Tradition
Puppet Theatre
The Persian Passion Play
European Theatre in the Islamic World
Islamic School Drama
Al-Hakim and the Modern Egyptian Theatre
The Later Twentieth Century in Egypt and Elsewhere
Challenges of the Twenty-first Century.
Given the book’s brevity, its scope is astounding, ranging from passion plays and folk traditions, to Islamic nationalist plays in the early twentieth century. Theatre and Islam is an invaluable contribution to the library of any scholar, student, or fan of world theatre. – Edward Ziter, New York University, USA
An exhilarating, enlightening survey of the historical, social and political significance of theatre across the Islamic world, from Morocco to Indonesia. – Katherine Hennessey, American University of Kuwait, Kuwait
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Marvin Carlson is Distinguished Professor of Theatre, Comparative Literature and Middle Eastern Studies in the Graduate Center at the City University of New York, USA. He has held several awards throughout his academic career, including the ATHE Career Achievement Award and has written several introductory theatre books, such as Theatre: A Very Short Introduction (2014) and Performance: A Critical Introduction (2003).

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Marvin Carlson is Distinguished Professor of Theatre, Comparative Literature and Middle Eastern Studies in the Graduate Center at the City University of New York, USA. He has held several awards throughout his academic career, including the ATHE Career Achievement Award and has written several introductory theatre books, such as Theatre: A Very Short Introduction (2014) and Performance: A Critical Introduction (2003).

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