The funeral laments of Upper Egypt have an elaborate and ancient history stretching back more than 5,000 years. Even the chants of modern-day lamenters, echo the words of their ancestors. Yet this ancient tradition is now under threat from social and political change. The laments - known as idid in Arabic - are composed orally in performance. Elizabeth Wickett explores the performance,(More)
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Elizabeth Wickett has worked in the Middle East and North Africa for more than 25 years in academic research, anthropological film and development.
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