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This section discusses Islamic art and architecture through the eyes of Testas; pets and music in Islam; and the revival of the Arabic suite by female voices. It presents how 19th-century Dutch painter, Willem de Famars Testas, joined Prisse d'Avennes and contributed towards composing a pictorial Atlas of the monuments of Cairo. The chapter on pets and music, in German, relates to creating music from nature and the animal kingdom. Aïcha Redouane and Beihdja Rahal are two female interpreters of the Arabic suite. The first specializes in the Egyptian wasla and Rahal performs the Algerian nawba. Each of these performers has her own innovative approach towards her art. In order to understand how each approaches this genre of art music, a brief account of the nature of Arabic music and the history of the wasla and nawba is given.

Keywords: Aïcha Redouane; Arabic music; Beihdja Rahal; caliphs; Islamic architecture; Islamic Art; Testas



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