Belly Dance Around the World

New Communities, Performance and Identity
Author: Caitlin E. McDonald,Barbara Sellers-Young
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 1476605688
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 224
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In these essays, dancers and scholars from around the world carefully consider the transformation of an improvised folk form from North Africa and the Middle East into a popular global dance practice. They explore the differences between the solo improvisational forms of North Africa and the Middle East, often referred to as raqs sharki, which are part of family celebrations, and the numerous globalized versions of this dance form, belly dance, derived from the movement vocabulary of North Africa and the Middle East but with a variety of performance styles distinct from its site of origin. Local versions of belly dance have grown and changed along with the role that dance plays in the community. The global evolution of belly dance is an inspiring example of the interplay of imagination, the internet and the social forces of local communities. All royalties are being donated to Women for Women International, an organization dedicated to supporting women survivors of war through economic, health, and social education programs. The contributors are proud to provide continuing sponsorship to such a worthwhile and necessary cause.

Belly Dancing for Fitness

The Ultimate Dance Workout That Unleashes Your Creative Spirit
Author: Tamalyn Dallal
Publisher: Ulysses Press
ISBN: 156975117X
Category: Health & Fitness
Page: 144
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Egyptian Belly Dance in Transition

The Raqs Sharqi Revolution, 1890–1930
Author: Heather D. Ward
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 1476629633
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 220
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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.

Global Moves

Belly Dance As an Extra/Ordinary Space to Explore Social Paradigms in Egypt and Around the World
Author: Caitlin E. McDonald
Publisher: Caitlin E McDonald
ISBN: 9780985706128
Category: Belly dance
Page: 391
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This book is a study of how dancers throughout the world use Egypt as a reference point for situating themselves within the global belly dance community and how Egypt gets romanticized and fantasized in global narratives about belly dance. I address the purpose that dance serves as an expression of joy in Egyptian culture as well as its potential to be a site for defining appropriate gendered behavior, a space for competition (friendly or unfriendly), and even a tool of resistance as cultural norms shift. I provide a comparative analysis of how dancers in the international dance community utilize dance for similar purposes, particularly those related to using dance as a site for questioning existing social paradigms, as well as the ways in which dance serves different roles for global belly dancers than it does within Egyptian society. All types of dance provide a space outside ordinary life to challenge or to uphold predominant social paradigms. One effect of globalization is the increase in worldwide exposure of local dance forms from many regions. These not only fuse to create new forms but operate alongside one another in what can be seen as a global marketplace of dance. Different dances are then imbued with values and norms of the receiving culture. Choosing to dance in non-local styles becomes a reflection of a locally value-based choice. This book examines the way globalization via cultural, economic, and technological vehicles affects a culturally rich, values-laden social phenomenon practiced in the Middle East and by an increasing international community. The book has a particular focus on paradigms of gender that are explored in dancing and in community discussions about dance.

Knitting Scarves from Around the World

23 Patterns in a Variety of Styles and Techniques
Author: Kari Cornell
Publisher: Voyageur Press
ISBN: 1610597796
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
Page: 144
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Here are 23 patterns for scarves from around the globe—including stylish traditional projects from Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, the British Isles, the Americas, and Asia. Pattern introductions provide a background of knitting techniques from that part of the world, including schematics and charts.

I Belly Dance Because

The Transformative Power of Dance
Author: Terri Allred
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1493169017
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 80
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The purpose of this book is to celebrate the transformative power of belly dance. The contributors have opened their lives and hearts to share their passion. Their stories of healing, compassion, joy, community, connection, and self-expression await you. As the idea for this book began to take shape, I placed an open call to belly dancers all over the world to submit essays for this book. The only guideline was that submissions should share how belly dance has transformed and enriched their lives. I hope that you will appreciate the courage of those who choose to dance and who have shared their stories. They have done so because they, too, believe in the transformative power of belly dance!

The Cat, the Belly Dancer, & the Cello


Author: Georgia March
Publisher: Trafford Publishing
ISBN: 1426930569
Category: Fiction
Page: 684
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As the reader experiences Georgia March's magical The Cat, the Belly Dancer, & the Cello set at the beginning of twentieth-century Turkey, they will discover not everything is as it seems. Each chapter is a frozen snapshot covering another, waiting to be torn away. Unexpected danger ensnares two belly dancers from Istanbul who tackle it with lighthearted ease until their efforts are met with sinister results. Forced under someone else's microscope, the women come up against aspects of their own characters that bear examination. At the same time, a Canadian woman and her British boyfriend living in Spain venture through the centre of Turkey experiencing calamity and chaos in a country where both the language and customs bring new insight to the word foreign. Their personal backgrounds are also contrary to each other, meaning nothing is straight forward. This winding road leads them to Kas, a spellbinding place that captures their hearts and pocket books. Their lives become intricately intertwined with local Turks and they have the choice of learning to laugh at themselves or others will do it for them. At the same time, enjoy the anecdote of two cats with their own history, ideas on justice, and view of the world.

(Re-)Framing the Arab/Muslim

Mediating Orientalism in Contemporary Arab American Life Writing
Author: Silke Schmidt
Publisher: transcript Verlag
ISBN: 3839429153
Category: Social Science
Page: 446
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Media depictions of Arabs and Muslims continue to be framed by images of camels, belly dancers, and dagger-wearing terrorists. But do only Hollywood movies and TV news have the power to frame public discourse? This interdisciplinary study transfers media framing theory to literary studies to show how life writing (re-)frames Orientalist stereotypes. The innovative analysis of the post-9/11 autobiographies »West of Kabul, East of New York«, »Letters from Cairo«, and »Howling in Mesopotamia« makes a powerful claim to approach literature based on a theory of production and reception, thus enhancing the multi-disciplinary potential of framing theory.

Dancing Fear and Desire

Race, Sexuality, and Imperial Politics in Middle Eastern Dance
Author: Stavros Stavrou Karayanni
Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press
ISBN: 088920926X
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 264
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Throughout centuries of European colonial domination, the bodies of Middle Eastern dancers, male and female, move sumptuously and seductively across the pages of Western travel journals, evoking desire and derision, admiration and disdain, allure and revulsion. This profound ambivalence forms the axis of an investigation into Middle Eastern dance—an investigation that extends to contemporary belly dance. Stavros Stavrou Karayanni, through historical investigation, theoretical analysis, and personal reflection, explores how Middle Eastern dance actively engages race, sex, and national identity. Close readings of colonial travel narratives, an examination of Oscar Wilde’s Salome, and analyses of treatises about Greek dance, reveal the intricate ways in which this controversial dance has been shaped by Eurocentric models that define and control identity performance.

The Belly Dance Book

Rediscovering the Oldest Dance
Author: Tazz Richards
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780970024701
Category: Belly dance
Page: 208
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The Best Travel Writing 2008

True Stories from Around the World
Author: James O'Reilly,Larry Habegger,Sean O'Reilly
Publisher: Travelers' Tales
ISBN: 1932361693
Category: Travel
Page: 328
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Since 1993, readers have looked to Travelers' Tales for award-winning stories about the world, adventure, spirituality, and the transformative experiences that accompany life on the road. The Best Travel Writing 2008 is the fifth volume in the series launched in 2004 to celebrate the world's best travel writing — much of it never before published — from Nobel Prize winners to up-and-coming new writers. The stories provide a perspective and depth of understanding that can only come from people who have actually been there, and encompass everything from high adventure to misadventure, spiritual growth to romance, service to humanity to encounters with exotic cuisines. Reading the book is like sitting in a café filled with fellow travelers, swapping tales about destinations near and far — readers emerge changed, eager for more, and ready to plan their next trips.

Pop Culture Arab World!

Media, Arts, and Lifestyle
Author: Andrew Hammond
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1851094490
Category: Social Science
Page: 376
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The first book to explore how Arab pop culture has succeeded in helping forge a pan-Arab identity, where Arab nationalism has failed.

Where in the World is Osama bin Laden?


Author: Morgan Spurlock
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1407020609
Category: Political Science
Page: 320
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With a baby on the way and a need to make the world safe for infant-kind, an unassuming film-maker from West Virginia employs his complete lack of experience, knowledge and expertise to find the most wanted and dangerous man on earth. Beginning his epic quest in New York City, he zigzags the globe in search of the bearded man: to Britain, France, Egypt, Morocco, Israel, Palestine, Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan, drawing ever closer to the heart of darkness in the tribal regions of Pakistan. Along the way he interviews experts and imams, breaks the Ramadan fast with Muslim families, helps disarm bombs with an Israeli squad, accompanies the British and US Armies in Afghanistan, and much, much more ... all in an attempt to understand the Muslim world and the roots of the conflict overshadowing the globe today.

The Best Women's Travel Writing 2010

True Stories from Around the World
Author: Stephanie Elizondo Griest
Publisher: Travelers' Tales
ISBN: 1932361901
Category: Travel
Page: 352
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Since publishing the original edition of A Woman’s World in 1995, Travelers’ Tales has been the recognized leader in women’s travel literature. The Best Women’s Travel Writing 2010 is the sixth book in an annual series that presents stimulating, inspiring, and uplifting adventures from women who have traveled to the ends of the earth to discover new places, peoples, and facets of themselves. The common threads connecting these stories are a woman’s perspective and fresh, compelling storytelling to make the reader laugh, weep, wish she were there, or be glad she wasn’t. In The Best Women's Travel Writing 2010 readers will discover the hidden magic of Flamenco in Spain, walk the night and its terrors in Benin, have an excellent last day in Costa Rica, poke their way into the psyche of a security agent in Kabul, learn something new about death and Mexico in San Miguel de Allende, travel the darker side of the Hawaiian fantasy, draw a map of Argentinian tango, meet the best people in the world in Zimbabwe...and much more.

Kin to the Wind

A Troubadour's Magical Journey around the World with No Money
Author: Moro Buddy Bohn
Publisher: Travelers' Tales
ISBN: 1609520564
Category: Travel
Page: 310
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Kin to the Wind is the memoir of Moro, a gifted virtuoso guitarist and composer, who first played (and wrote his first composition) when he was six and performed his first of many concerts when he was twelve. The book recounts his journeys as he traveled the world as a troubadour, using only his guitar performances as currency. This talented former member of the world-famous New Christy Minstrels played in over 50 countries—in royal palaces, African casbahs, and even on a British warship in trade for his passage across the Indian Ocean. Bedouin smugglers took him across the Arabian Desert in their camel caravan, listening to his music beneath desert stars. While he was in Bangkok giving a command performance for Their Majesties King Bhumibol and Queen Sirikit of Thailand, the U.S. military invited him to play for the troops at their jungle camps. And he became the first entertainer to perform for American forces in the Vietnam conflict. He was also the first entertainer to appear at Paul Newman's famous 1960s exclusive Hollywood discotheque, THE FACTORY, where he played nightly. He followed that with an engagement at Howard Hughes' CABARET ROOM in Las Vegas where Mr. Hughes personally came to hear him. An Italian duchess who found him performing with a street-dancing flamenco troupe of gypsies in 1961 assisted him in obtaining a visa for Algeria where he then toured—during the violent Seven Years' War—and S.A.O. terrorists captured and held him. He played for them, literally for his life, whereupon they gave him money and let him go. Moro's memoir is an account of life's magic, suffused with an almost childlike innocence in his pursuit of dreams and his belief in the goodness of people the world over.

The Khyber Pass


Author: Paddy Docherty
Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 0571317367
Category: History
Page: 288
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The story of the Khyber Pass, the narrow mountain route which - more than any other single place on earth - has shaped civilisations. Thirty miles long, and in places no more than sixteen metres wide, the Pass is the only natural cutting through the great mountains of the Hindu Kush - and hence the one feasible route from Central Asia into India. Its story - of the rise and fall of empires - begins with Cyrus and Darius, the great Persian kings. Legendary conquerors soon follow: first Alexander the Great, then, much later, the White Huns (who would bind the heads of their children to make their appearance in battle more frightening) and Genghis Khan. In between are the Ancient Greeks, whose reach spread east to the Pass; and tribes of nomads and barbarians whose civilizations, Paddy Docherty shows, were much more sophisticated than commonly supposed. Here also are mountain warriors and religious visionaries - around the Pass arose three of the great world religions, Buddhism, Sikhism and Islam - as well as artists, poets and scientists. In more recent times, the British army suffered its infamous retreat from Kabul in 1842. The Khyber region is still largely lawless today, a place of gunsmiths and drug markets and the hideout of terrorists. Docherty's own travels in this true frontier - and the continuing presence of US and British troops in Afghanistan - bring the story into the twenty-first century.

Tribal Vision

A Celebration of Life Through Tribal Belly Dance
Author: Paulette Rees-Denis
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780979160301
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 141
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The vision is pure Tribal Vision, the dance, tribal belly dance, and this once sub-cultural now immensely popular dance gives women of all ages and body types the opportunity to find peace, personal truth, renewed sexuality, and an exhilarating sense of fun and community. Through Paulette Rees-Denis's artistic vision and experiences we see this dance form--physically, emotionally, and spiritually--as a celebration of womanhood using the foundation of an ancient dance made contemporary. Original.