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).