How did Zajal poetry practices become professionalized?



Muriel Kahwagi



Original Date

June 18, 2017


This presentation revolves around the tradition of Zajal Poetry and its performance. It studies the dynamics, rules, roots, history and culture behind this artistic practice and also explores its transformation from a cultural art-form into a profession in modern Lebanon.

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