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Egyptian Belly Dance in Transition : The Raqs Sharqi Revolution, 1890-1930 - (Paperback)

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Ward’s interest and involvement with belly dancing (Raqs sharqi) began in 1999, as a graduate student in anthropology. It expanded in 2009, when she went from amateur to an academic, empirically-based perspective, during a course “Journey through Egypt,” which combined lecture, discussion, demonstration, practice, and, ultimately, on-site study in Egypt. Portions of the course discussed the ’Aw-alim and the Ghaw<-a>zi>, Egypt’s original professional dancing women. She wanted to know how, why and when the dance styles of these women transformed into the belly dance that we recognize today. Her academic training and dance training intersected in Egypt, and her mission became clear: seek out the evidence that would finally allow an empirically-based examination of the emergence of Raqs Sharqi. Five years into her research, she discovered that she had sufficient information, including Arab-language primary sources, to bring historical clarity to her subject, which included the perspectives of the late nineteenth and early twentieth-century Egyptians who created this particular dance form. Annotation ©2018 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
Number of Pages: 214
Genre: Performing Arts
Sub-Genre: History
Format: Paperback
Publisher: McFarland Publishing
Author: Heather D. Ward
Language: English
Street Date: December 22, 2017
TCIN: 53010758
UPC: 9781476666747
Item Number (DPCI): 248-51-6609
$39.95

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