Alfred Farag & Sa’dallah Wannous

  • Riad Ismat
Part of the Middle East Today book series (MIET)


Alfred Farag is one of the most prolific dramatists in the Arab world’s artistic scene. He enjoyed and appreciated a wide spectrum of dramatic and literary work, from Shakespeare to Brecht; his only condition was that a work of art must both excel in artistic expression and maintain an element of entertainment. Sa’dallah Wannous is one of the top playwrights in modern Arabic culture. He was influenced in the beginning by the European Absurd Movement, but his breakthrough came with political plays under the influence of Brecht.


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  3. Introduction to The King Is the King; From Modern Arabic Drama: An Anthology; Indiana University Press, Bloomington, Indiana, 1995;
  4. Memorial for Egyptian Playwright Alfred Farag (1929–2005);

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Riad Ismat
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  1. 1.Buffett Institute for Global StudiesNorthwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA

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