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Murād, Zakī
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The outstanding Egyptian vocalist Zakī Murād  was, along with Dāʾūd Ḥusnī, Ibrāhim Ṣahlūn, and Zakī Surūr, one of the Jewish musicians who helped to revive classical Arabic music in Egypt in the early twentieth century. Before undertaking a musical career he was a drapery merchant in Alexandria and ḥazzan (cantor) at the Great Synagogue. He entered the Egyptian music world at a time when the prevailing atmosphere was one of tolerance, so much so that an Egyptian critic later wrote:  “When Zakī Murād was singing for Egypt, he also sang at the same time…

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Amnon Shiloah, “Murād, Zakī”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 01 April 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_SIM_0016100>
First published online: 2010

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