Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

The Other and Identity in the Musical Theater of Fairouz and the Rabhani Brothers

Thu, October 18, 2007 | Texas Union, Sinclair Suite

5:00 PM

Fairouz and her Rahbani collaborators are often depicted as the authors of a discourse of Lebanese national inclusion in a country with a history of sectarian violence. Such representation of their role as icons of Lebanese unity lends itself to statements like "There was a civil war in Lebanon despite the best efforts of Fairouz and the Rahbani Brothers." The Rahbanis musical theatrical works themselves, on the other hand, tell a different story. This talk examines the treatment of the Other and issues of identity in one of the Rahbani Brothers most famous and widely seen musical theatrical productions: The Ring Seller, the tale of a village threatened by an imaginary outsider. When the outsider turns out to be real, however, things get interesting.

Sponsored by: Arabic Flagship Program and CMES

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