Sufi Dancers at Khan al-Khalili

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I did not grow up in a family receptive to art or performance. Though I took years of drawing class, my parents always judged my artwork against a metric of skill rather than an inherent value in my effort or care. During my music concerts, they would often doze off in the back. And it’s not their fault; different people are differently responsive to aesthetic. However, as a result, while I am very appreciative of art, I often do not have a methodology to expressing my appreciation. Continue reading Sufi Dancers at Khan al-Khalili

Adventure is Out There: Performing the Tourist Archetype in Greater Cairo (Part I)

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Friday is the Day of Prayer, and in the same way that Sunday is a rest day in Western countries, Muslim nations have Friday free. Some people’s weeks are five days long (one of my two Arabic teachers takes Thursday off as well, and some other teachers take Saturday off), and some people’s weeks are six days long (like mine—six days of classes!), but Friday is a shared holiday. And, just like for church in Western countries, some people go to mosque, and some do not. Religion is a very personal experience. Continue reading Adventure is Out There: Performing the Tourist Archetype in Greater Cairo (Part I)