This insightful and engaging new title in the Theatre & series explores the various connections between theatre and Islam. Drawing on both historical and recent examples to trace their relationship and offer a new perspective on a topical subject, this persuasive text argues against a long-standing assumption that Islam has worked in opposition to theatrical presentation. From the thirteenth century puppet plays of Ibn Daniyal to Islamic themes in twenty-first century productions, Theatre and Islam is chronologically wide-ranging and ambitious in its scope.
Ambitious yet concise, this is the perfect introduction for undergraduate and postgraduate students of Religious Studies, Islamic Studies, Middle Eastern Studies and Drama.
Marvin Carlson is the Sidney E. Cohn Professor of Theatre and Comparative Literature at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He received his Ph.D. at Cornell University and served on the faculties of Cornell and Indiana before coming to CUNY. He has received an honorary doctorate from the University of Athens, the ATHE Career Achievement Award, the ASTR Distinguished Scholarship Award, the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism, and the§Calloway Prize for writing in theatre and drama. He has served as a judge for the Cairo Festival of Experimental Theatre and the Onaissis Playwriting Awards. He is the founding editor of the journal Western European Stages and the author of over two hundred scholarly articles and fourteen books in§the areas of theatre history, theatre theory, dramatic literature, and performance studies.