Deena Dajani on Russia Today Arabic

By Lisa Pilgram · 29 February 2012

Deena Dajani speaks to Salwa Abdel Tawab from Russia Today Arabic about Arabic story telling, politics and coffee shops. The interview is based on Deena's research which explores dramatic cultural traditions in the Arab world and how they can be understood to perform politically.  Her research traces the interventions of the roaming hakawati (teller of tales in Arabic), satirical folktales (featuring fool wise characters like Juha) and continues with later encounters and developments, including the theatre of the everyday (Ghawwar).

To find out more about Deena's research programme please see Performing Politics by Telling Tales.

You can watch the full report on the website of Russia Today Arabic (in Arabic language).

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  • Lisa Pilgram

    Project Manager & PhD student
    Lisa Pilgram
    The Open University
    Lisa Pilgram joined the Open University as Senior Project Manager of the Oecumene 'Citizenship after Orientalism' project in July 2010. In October 2010 she started her PhD which will be closely... Read more

Oecumene: Citizenship after Orientalism is funded by an European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant (Institutions, values, beliefs and behaviour ERC-AG-SH2).

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