The Islamic Drama

The Islamic Drama


eBook - 2004
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Described by the distinguished theatre director Peter Brook as 'a very powerful form of theatre', the Ta'ziyeh is the Islamic drama of Iran. This work examines the evolution of the Ta'ziyeh, which involved elements drawn from Zoroastrianaism, Mithraism, mythology, folklore and traditional forms of Iranian entertainment. In its final form, most of its elements - plot, character, thought, spectacle and song - derive from the Shi'a branch of Islam. Its main plot concerns the suffering and death of Imam Hussein, grandson of the Prophet of Islam.

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Having studied theater arts in Tehran and New York, Malikpour (U. of Canberra), describes the Islamic drama of Iran that enacts the suffering and death of Imam Hussein, grandson of the Prophet, in 680 AD on the plain of Karbala near Baghdad. It contains many elements drawn from religion, mythology, folklore, and traditional form of Iranian entertainment, he says, and though it developed over a long period, emerged in its full theatrical form in the middle of the 18th century, then declined under western and nationalist attacks. Distributed in the US by Taylor & Francis. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: London ; Portland, OR : Frank Cass, 2004
ISBN: 9780203504260
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xii, 188 pages) : illustrations
Alternative Title: Taʻziyah


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