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Arts: Folk Dancers and Folk Singers: Ottoman Empire
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It is difficult to document historically the scope of folk dance and folk music genres in the Ottoman world or to classify them. As in many other empires, the Ottomans had a complex demographic and geographical structure, in which many folk forms emerged and circulated through diverse multiethnic and religious communities. Even if one focused mainly on Muslim communities, regional differences would vary greatly. Generally, locality and class were the main elements creating boundaries between performance genres.

The Ottoman Empire differed from its European counterparts i…

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Öztürkmen, Arzu, “Arts: Folk Dancers and Folk Singers: Ottoman Empire”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 28 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0291g>
First published online: 2009

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