Karin van Nieuwkerk

"An hour for God and an hour for the heart":
Islam, gender and female entertainment in Egypt


  1. Introduction
  2. Islamic fundamentalist influence on entertainment
  3. Islam and entertainment
  4. Islam and gender
  5. Female entertainers: seduction, sin and shame
  6. Conclusion
  7. References
  8. Endnotes

Editors note: the diacritics used in transliteration from Modern Standard Arabic have not been used in this text due to the difficulties involved in adapting them for web use. Their strict relevance to Egyptian colloquial is, in addition, debatable. Non-arabists wishing to follow up on Arabic terms used in the text, in order, for example, to locate them in an Arabic dictionary, would be advised to enlist the help of an Arabist.

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(updated 14 Oct 1998)