The Jewish-Iraqi theatre–Ur Ensemble: Majnūn Laylā as interweaving performance cultures

פרסום מחקרי: פרסום בכתב עתמאמרביקורת עמיתים


In 1955, Iraqi Jewish immigrant artists founded Ur Ensemble (Lahakat Ur in Hebrew) and produced in Arabic the Majnūn Laylā (The Madman of Layla) by the Egyptian poet and playwright Aḥmad Shawqī. The Israeli Establishment subsidized and supported the Ensemble and intended the play for Palestinian spectators in Israel. It is a puzzling fact, because the policy of the Zionist melting pot required Middle Eastern Jews to move away from Arab culture and adopt a western orientation. I argue that the Israeli establishment perceived the Ur Ensemble as a propagandistic vehicle in order to display the state’s favourable attitude towards the Arab minority for the international community. However, in practice, the theatrical event created an Arab-Jewish dialogue based on a shared Arab culture contrary to the establishment's political intentions.

שפה מקוריתאנגלית
עמודים (מ-עד)382-404
מספר עמודים23
כתב עתJournal of Modern Jewish Studies
מספר גיליון3
מזהי עצם דיגיטלי (DOIs)
סטטוס פרסוםפורסם - 2 יולי 2020

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RAMBI publications

  • rambi
  • Shawqi, Ahmad -- 1868-1932 -- Majnūn Laylá
  • Ur Ensemble
  • Theater -- Political aspects -- Israel -- History -- 20th century
  • Jews, Iraqi -- Israel
  • Palestinian Arabs -- Israel
  • Jewish-Arab relations -- Israel -- History -- 1948-
  • Israel -- History -- 1948-1956

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