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Arts: Theater: Central Asia
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It is well known that peoples of Central Asia had a developed folkloric dramatic art tradition in the past, and that folklore reflected many events of public life. Numerous written sources and archeological finds indicate that Central Asian women played a significant role in the development of national culture, particularly in the spheres of poetry, dance, and music. Women also contributed to the development of folkloric dramatic art.

Available artifacts indicate the existence of theatrical troupes in ancient times only among settled peoples, the ancestors of th…

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Malikov, Azim, “Arts: Theater: Central Asia”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 29 November 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0298b>
First published online: 2009

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