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Murād, Laylā
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The distinguished singer and actress Laylā (also Laila or Leila) Murād (Mourad) was born on February 17, 1918 ) in Al Zaher in Abbasia, Cairo. Her father, Ibrahim Zakī Murād (né Mordecai), was a Jewish singer and composer of Iraqi (not Moroccan, as often said) origin, who flourished between the 1920s and 1940s, as well as the cantor at one of Cairo’s synagogues. Her mother, Gamilah Salmon, was of Polish Jewish ancestry. One of her siblings, Mounir (Maurice) Mourad, was an Egyptian actor and composer. 

The timing of Murād’s appearance on the Egyptian music scene coincided with th…

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Edwin Seroussi, “Murād, Laylā”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 29 November 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_SIM_0016090>
First published online: 2010

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