Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition

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( sīnimā ). History. Cinema is a newly imported art into the Muslim world; as such, it is a facet of the Western impact on the inhabitants and expresses their interest in Western technical achievements and forms of entertainment. Silent films were apparently first imported into Egypt by Italians (1897), attracting considerable interest. Film shows for Allied troops, during World War I, familiarized many Near Easterners with the cinema. The influx of foreign films, the construction of entertainmen…

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Landau, J.M., “Cinema”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 15 June 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_COM_0140>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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