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Arab Cinema: History and Cultural Identity

Viola Shafik


This book combines economic, ideological, and aesthetic narrative history with thought-provoking analysis. It provides an overview of cinema in the Arab world, tracing the industry's development from colonial times to the present. It analyzes the ambiguous relationship with commercial western cinema, and the effect of Egypt's market dominance in the region. Tracing the influence on the medium of local and regional art forms and modes of thought, both classical and popular, the book shows how indigenous and external factors combine in a dynamic process of cultural repackaging. This text has bee ... More

Keywords: cinema, Arab world, commercial western cinema, Egypt, market dominance, cultural repackaging, cultural shifts, Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9789774160653
Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774160653.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Viola Shafik, author