21 September, 2021

The Arab British Centre, arabbritishcentre.org.uk

Join the Arab British Centre for their latest online course based on the new book Midnight in Cairo: The Female Stars of Egypt’s Roaring ’20s led by the author, historian Raphael Cormack

“If you visit a city during the day, you cannot claim to know it. You must see its nightlife” – Jeanette Tagher

The 1920s in Cairo were a time of revolution – political, social, and cultural. Egypt had recently won independence from British rule (officially at least if not always in practice), women were becoming more prominent in public life, and Cairo was one of the most multicultural cities in the world where Muslims, Christians, and Jews all rubbed shoulders in cafés, bars, and theatres.

Based on the research behind the new book Midnight in Cairo: The Female Stars of Egypt’s Roaring ’20s, this online course uses the stories of the singers, actresses, and dancers of this period to tell a different kind of Middle Eastern history. Historian and author Raphael Cormack will take you on a tour of the smoky cabarets, raucous music halls and crowded theatres of Cairo’s nightlife district where legendary Oum Kalthoum got her first break and where a former nightclub singer, Mounira al-Mahdiyya, performed the first Arabic opera. This is the story of the vibrant culture of the 20th century Arab world; a Middle East defined by creativity.

This four week programme will take place live online, with an opportunity to interact with the instructor. Course dates are 21 September, 28 September, 5 October, 12 October, from 6pm – 7:30pm.

For further details and an insight into the course content, please click here.

Tickets are £130 for the course including a hardback copy of Midnight in Cairo, or £120 for the course only.
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