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Author Zuhur, Sherifa.

Title Asmahan's secrets : woman, war and song / by Sherifa Zuhur
Published Austin : Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of Texas at Austin, [2000]
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Description 1 online resource (x, 247 pages, 10 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations, portraits
Summary "The great Arab singer Asmahan was the toast of Cairo song and cinema in the 1930s, as World War II approached. A Druze princess actually named Amal al-Atrash, she came from an important clan in the mountains of Syria, but broke free from her traditional family background, left her husband, and became a public performer, a role frowned upon for women of the time. She was also rumored to be an agent for the allied Forces during World War II. Through the story of Asmahan and her musical career, the reader glimpses not only aspects of the cultural and political history of Egypt and Syria between the two world wars, but also the change in attitude in the Arab world toward women as public performers on stage."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 223-243) and index
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Subject Asmahān, 1912-1944.
Arabs -- Music.
Popular music -- Egypt.
Women singers -- Egypt -- Biography.
Women singers -- Syria -- Biography.
Egypt -- History -- British occupation, 1882-1936.
Genre/Form Music.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0292798075
Other Titles Woman, war and song