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Masraḥ
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(a.), “scene”, increasingly employed as “theatre” (in the same sense as “Bühne” in German); frequently synonymous with tiyātrō (from the Italian).

1. In the Arab East.

Primarily an artistic and literary phenomenon of the last two centuries, the Arab theatre has its roots in local performances of passion plays [see taʿziya ], marionette and shadow plays [see ḳaragöz ], mimicry and other popular farces, and was affected by the then contemporary (rather than the classical) foreign theatre as well. Although some popular open-air plays in Arabic have occasi…

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Landau, J.M., Bencheneb, R., And, Metin, Bruijn, J.T.P. de, Allworth, E. and Haywood, J.A., “Masraḥ”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 17 April 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_COM_0703>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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