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Egyptian Belly Dance in Transition

The Raqs Sharqi Revolution, 1890-1930

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Egyptian Belly Dance in Transition by Heather D. Ward
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Raqs sharqi, the Egyptian dance form also known as belly dance, has for generations captured imaginations around the globe. Yet its origins have been obscured by misinformation and conjecture, rooted in Orientalist attitudes about the Middle East-a widely accepted narrative suggests the dance was created in response to Western influences and desires. Drawing on an array of primary sources, the author traces the early development of raqs sharqi in the context of contemporary trends in Egyptian arts and entertainment. The dance is revealed to be a hybrid cultural expression, emerging with the formation of Egyptian national identity at the end of the 19th century, when Egypt was occupied by the British.

Author Biography

Heather D. Ward is a Middle Eastern dance instructor, performer, and researcher based in St. Louis, Missouri. She specializes in Egyptian raqs sharqi (belly dance), and she has conducted in-depth examinations of primary textual, photographic, and pictorial evidence as well as on-site investigations in Cairo in order to advance knowledge of the history and development of this fascinating dance form.
Release date NZ
December 30th, 2017
Pages
220
Illustrations
27 photographs
Country of Publication
United States
Imprint
McFarland & Co Inc
ISBN-13
9781476666747
Product ID
26882237

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