Talk by Muriel Kahwagi
How did Zajal poetry practices become professionalized?
This presentation revolves around the tradition of Zajal Poetry and its performance. It studies the dynamics, rules, roots, history and culture behind this artistic practice and also explores its transformation from a cultural art-form into a profession in modern Lebanon.
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