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Arts: Visual Arts and Artists: Central Arab States
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The discussion of women, gender, the visual arts, and artists in the central Arab states should be tied to a critical understanding of the role of aesthetics and gender in colonial encounters. While women in these states have long been associated with artistic production in various roles, the professionalization of the role of artist is a relatively recent phenomenon, and its value for analyzing the status of both women and the nation-states they are taken to represent must be scrutinized through a historical lens.

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Scheid, Kirsten, “Arts: Visual Arts and Artists: Central Arab States”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 09 February 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0299a>
First published online: 2009

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