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Orta Oyunu
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(t.), “entertainment staged in the middle place”, a form of popular Turkish entertainment so-called because it takes place in the open air, palanka , around which the spectators form a circle. One side is reserved for the men, the other for the women. Behind the spectators is found the place where the actors get ready to enter the stage by means of a passage which is left free. The décor consists solely of a chair—or a table—called dükkān “shop, booth” and a folding screen, yeñi dünyā “new world”. An orchestra made up of a zurna , oboe, a čifte naḳḳāre “double drum” and a dawul “big drum” plays a …

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Boratav, P.N., “Orta Oyunu”, 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 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_6035>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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