A Trade Like Any Other: Female Singers and Dancers in Egypt by Karin Niewkerk
English | 1 Jun. 1995 | ISBN: 0292787235 | 240 Pages | PDF (scan) | 21 MB
In Egypt, singing and dancing are considered essential on happy occasions. Professional entertainers often perform at weddings and other celebrations, and a host family's prestige rises with the number, expense, and fame of the entertainers they hire. Paradoxically, however, the entertainers themselves are often viewed as disreputable people and are accorded little prestige in Egyptian society.This paradox forms the starting point of Karin van Nieuwkerk's look at the Egyptian entertainment trade.