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Ḳaragöz
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(Tk. “black eye”), the principal character in the Turkish shadow play, and also the shadow play theatre itself; the shadow player is called a ḳaragözd̲j̲ü or k̲h̲ayālī .

The ḳaragöz theatre is played with inanimate actors and flat, two-dimensional figures ( ṣūret , taṣwīr ), manipulated by the shadow player who, as in the puppet theatre, makes them move and talks from behind a screen whilst he himself remains out of sight. The characters are presented in caricature; as well as human figures, there are also schematised repres entationsof …

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Boratav, P.N., “Ḳaragöz”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 08 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_3905>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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