By Dahris Martin
Dahris Martin, a tender American looking for solar, arrived within the holy urban of Kairouan within the past due Nineteen Twenties. Befriended via the roguish Kalifa, she is welcomed into his circle of family and friends. one of the devoted is a special portrait of conventional Tunisian society. It tells of barefoot pilgrims and bedouin, the deflowering of virgin brides, spirit ownership and dances held for djinn. It sings the praises of the unsung: Eltifa the blind musician, Zinibe (who had a middle for all of the global) and the entrancing, dancing Aisha. Dahris Martin witnessed household lifestyles in Tunisia from inside, a privilege she stocks with no pretension, with affection and with a definite lightness of contact.
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