Egypt

1915 - 1999

Tahiya Cariyoca

*Photo Source: By Zeinab Mohamed

A dancer and an actress whose real name was Badawiya Muhammad Karim Ali. She participated in 190 Egyptian theater productions and films; and is often referred to as the “queen of Oriental dance”. Aside from her dance career, Tahiya was a politically active individual who participated in demonstrations on a number of occasions. She opposed the Free Officers for failing to implement a democratic rule, and was consequently imprisoned several times starting 1953. She was married more than twelve times throughout her life. She wore the Islamic veil in the latter years of her life, and died at the age of 84 as a result of a heart attack.

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